• A Monumental Journey by Kerry James Marshall, looking north, 25 July 2018, Commissioned by Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation
    A Monumental Journey
  • Expansion
    Expansion
  • Five Dangos
  • Bus Wrap #1: "Untitled"
  • Nomade
    Nomade
  • Swirl
  • Miffy Fountain
  • Mental Banquet: Painting with Lights
  • Bus Wrap #8: Outward
  • Pumpkin (L)

Welcome to the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation

The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation enriches lives by advancing the best of public art by placing art in public spaces in the community through public and private collaborations, adding to the cultural record through its collections and educational programs. We invite you to discover public art through-out the Greater Des Moines area.
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Featured Art this Month

  Tom Sachs

 2007, fabricated in 2008 from an edition of 5 (5/5)  |  Long-Term Collection
  Other Public Art Downtown

  Mitchell Squire

 2019  |  Short-Term Collection
  Bus Wrap #10: Multiple Black

  Kerry James Marshall

 July 2018  |  Long-Term Collection
  Other Public Art Downtown

  Jun Kaneko

 Installed 2012  |  Long-Term Collection
  Principal Riverwalk

Featured Artists this Month


 born Japan, 1942
 American


 born 1966
 American


 born 1985
 Caribbean


 born Jerusalem 1951
 American, French, Israeli

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Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation increasingly utilizes social media as an important method to communicate with current and prospective audiences. Facebook and other social media platforms provide diverse opportunities to share the best of public art in Greater Des Moines to people around the world.

Social media participants can witness the public art process. Followers can watch a video of installations or an interview with artists, public art professionals, and educators on particular subjects. According to the Director M. Jessica Rowe at the Public Art Foundation, people do want to see more than just having public art appear: “Rather than hoping for an audience, we want to build an audience.”

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“Three Cairns” is the largest project in the Western Hemisphere by British artist Andy Goldsworthy. Cairns are stone structures [or markers] that identify a place of great importance. Their dry-stone construction represents an engineering feat as well as artistic creativity. The process of shaping and stacking the stones into a simple oval shape is challenging and intense. The form symbolizes fullness and ripeness, time and energy, loss and endurance. Goldsworthy relays this concept in the “Three Cairns” project that was constructed in the United States from 2001 to 2002. #dsmpublicart #publicart #andygoldsworthy #threecairns #fall #desmoinesart #desmoines #desmoinesia #sculpture #dsmusa #midwestmoment

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“Three Cairns” is the largest project in the Western Hemisphere by British artist Andy Goldsworthy. Cairns are stone structures [or markers] that identify a place of great importance. Their dry-stone construction represents an engineering feat as well as artistic creativity. The process of shaping and stacking the stones into a simple oval shape is challenging and intense. The form symbolizes fullness and ripeness, time and energy, loss and endurance. Goldsworthy relays this concept in the “Three Cairns” project that was constructed in the United States from 2001 to 2002. #dsmpublicart #publicart #andygoldsworthy #threecairns #fall #desmoinesart #desmoines #desmoinesia #sculpture #dsmusa #midwestmoment
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Public art shares stories of diversity, equality, inclusion and equity as they relate to the people and places of Iowa, especially those stories often untold. These resources are created to catalyze community conversations that can result in a shared, and fuller, appreciation of our common history — and common bonds.
Our FREE online resources engage a cross-section of individuals, as well as communities, in telling, discussing, and perhaps even producing the stories depicted in public art.
For more information, please visit: https://dsmpublicartfoundation.org/resources/ (link in bio)
#DSMPublicArt #publicart #artseducation #art #sculpture #dsmusa #desmoines #midwest #midwestmoment #thisisiowa #fallvibes #fallcolors

Public art shares stories of diversity, equality, inclusion and equity as they relate to the people and places of Iowa, especially those stories often untold. These resources are created to catalyze community conversations that can result in a shared, and fuller, appreciation of our common history — and common bonds.
Our FREE online resources engage a cross-section of individuals, as well as communities, in telling, discussing, and perhaps even producing the stories depicted in public art.
For more information, please visit: dsmpublicartfoundation.org/resources/ (link in bio)
#dsmpublicart #publicart #artseducation #art #sculpture #dsmusa #desmoines #Midwest #midwestmoment #thisisiowa #fallvibes #fallcolors
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Posted 2 weeks ago

The Iowa National Bar Association (INBA) invites all attorneys to the second annual Meeting at the Monument: A Celebration of Diversity within the Iowa Legal Community on Thursday, October 8, from 4-5:30 p.m.

During this event, which will take place at the Monumental Journey (corner of Grand and 2nd Avenues) in Des Moines the INBA will present the Journey Award to three recipients for their demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

“A Monumental Journey” honors the National Bar Association founders: 12 courageous African-American attorneys who — in Des Moines, IA — changed the course of American history in 1925. At a time when the American Bar Association and other national legal associations denied membership to African-American lawyers, these attorneys created their own legal organization. By honoring these individuals, the project preserves local cultural history that has had great significance at the national and international levels.

Today, the NBA remains the largest national network of predominantly  African American attorneys, deans, professors, and judges.  The INBA invites you to celebrate this heroic legacy and one of Iowa’s shining achivenments at its October 8 event.

***Social distancing and mask-wearing will be strictly enforced.***
#dsmpublicart #publicart #nationalbarassociation #BLM #KerryJamesMarshall #desmoinesia #desmoines

The Iowa National Bar Association (INBA) invites all attorneys to the second annual Meeting at the Monument: A Celebration of Diversity within the Iowa Legal Community on Thursday, October 8, from 4-5:30 p.m.

During this event, which will take place at the Monumental Journey (corner of Grand and 2nd Avenues) in Des Moines the INBA will present the Journey Award to three recipients for their demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

“A Monumental Journey” honors the National Bar Association founders: 12 courageous African-American attorneys who — in Des Moines, IA — changed the course of American history in 1925. At a time when the American Bar Association and other national legal associations denied membership to African-American lawyers, these attorneys created their own legal organization. By honoring these individuals, the project preserves local cultural history that has had great significance at the national and international levels.

Today, the NBA remains the largest national network of predominantly African American attorneys, deans, professors, and judges. The INBA invites you to celebrate this heroic legacy and one of Iowa’s shining achivenments at its October 8 event.

***Social distancing and mask-wearing will be strictly enforced.***
#dsmpublicart #publicart #nationalbarassociation #BLM #KerryJamesMarshall #desmoinesia #desmoines
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Posted 2 weeks ago

Yayoi Kusama(草間 彌生), a celebrated avant-garde sculptor, painter and novelist, was born in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Kusama’s family ran a seed and plant nursery in her native Japan, and the artist grew up surrounded by fields of plants. As a result, pumpkins, usually covered in the artist’s signature fields of polka dots, have appeared in her art since she was a young girl. “It seems pumpkins do not inspire much respect,” Kusama once said. “But I was enchanted by their charming and winsome form. What appealed to me most was the pumpkin’s generous unpretentiousness.” These words also seem an apt description of Pumpkin (L), an 8 foot bronze celebrating the undulating curves of a ripe pumpkin. Accentuated with trails of polka dots, the giant gourd looks like it might come from a fairy tale landscape. As is the case with most fairy tales, uncanny or even menacing undertones may be found in this sculpture, evident in its large scale, dark colors, and the vining, fertile nature of the pumpkin itself. Many viewers will make associations with playful Halloween celebrations and the autumn harvest, lending the work a familiarity and “unpretentiousness” that can be found in much of Kusama’s work. @yayoikusama_  #dsmpublicart #yayoikusama #art #sculpture #dsmusa #desmoines #midwestmoment #pappajohnsculpturepark #entirelyunexpected #pumpkin #pumpkinspice

Yayoi Kusama(草間 彌生), a celebrated avant-garde sculptor, painter and novelist, was born in Nagano Prefecture, Japan. Kusama’s family ran a seed and plant nursery in her native Japan, and the artist grew up surrounded by fields of plants. As a result, pumpkins, usually covered in the artist’s signature fields of polka dots, have appeared in her art since she was a young girl. “It seems pumpkins do not inspire much respect,” Kusama once said. “But I was enchanted by their charming and winsome form. What appealed to me most was the pumpkin’s generous unpretentiousness.” These words also seem an apt description of Pumpkin (L), an 8 foot bronze celebrating the undulating curves of a ripe pumpkin. Accentuated with trails of polka dots, the giant gourd looks like it might come from a fairy tale landscape. As is the case with most fairy tales, uncanny or even menacing undertones may be found in this sculpture, evident in its large scale, dark colors, and the vining, fertile nature of the pumpkin itself. Many viewers will make associations with playful Halloween celebrations and the autumn harvest, lending the work a familiarity and “unpretentiousness” that can be found in much of Kusama’s work. @yayoikusama_ #dsmpublicart #yayoikusama #art #sculpture #dsmusa #desmoines #midwestmoment #pappajohnsculpturepark #entirelyunexpected #pumpkin #pumpkinspice ... See MoreSee Less

Posted 3 weeks ago

Happy Labor Day!  Iowa is the 38th state to create a monument to its workers. The bronze sculpture represents four interlocking arms and hands, dedicated to the energy and integrity of the Workers of Iowa. Artist: Michael Stutz •
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#laborday #dsmpublicart #publicart #iowa #michaelstutz #sculpture

Happy Labor Day! Iowa is the 38th state to create a monument to its workers. The bronze sculpture represents four interlocking arms and hands, dedicated to the energy and integrity of the Workers of Iowa. Artist: Michael Stutz •



#laborday #dsmpublicart #publicart #iowa #michaelstutz #sculpture
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Posted 1 month ago