• Bus Wrap #1: "Untitled"
  • Nomade
    Nomade
  • 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
  • Swirl
  • Miffy Fountain
  • Mental Banquet: Painting with Lights
  • Bus Wrap #8: Outward
  • Pumpkin (L)

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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

  Jun Kaneko

 Installed 2012  |  Long-Term Collection
  Principal Riverwalk

  Kerry James Marshall

 July 2018  |  Long-Term Collection
  Other Public Art Downtown

Featured Artists this Month


 born 1944
 American


 born 1966
 American


 born 1955
 American

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Our blog posts are a growing knowledge base of insights, stories and information. Get inspired by and delve into a breathtaking array of public art.

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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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Spider 🕷 
Artist: Louise Bourgeois 
The artist, Louise Bourgeois, has been using spiders in her work since the 1940s, and in the 1990s began sculpting them into colossal forms like this. Surprisingly, she sees them not as ominous predators, but as a symbol for her much beloved mother. For the artist, whose work has explored themes of childhood memory and loss, the spider carries associations of a maternal figure. Indeed, Bourgeois’ “Spider” series relates to her own mother who died when the artist was twenty-one. The allusion to her mother as a weaver refers to the Bourgeois family’s tapestry restoration business, in which her mother was the chief seamstress. #dsmpublicart #publicart #louisebourgeois #spider #spiderart #pappajohnsculpturepark #desmoines #desmoinesiowa #entirelyunexpected #midwestmoment

Spider 🕷
Artist: Louise Bourgeois
The artist, Louise Bourgeois, has been using spiders in her work since the 1940s, and in the 1990s began sculpting them into colossal forms like this. Surprisingly, she sees them not as ominous predators, but as a symbol for her much beloved mother. For the artist, whose work has explored themes of childhood memory and loss, the spider carries associations of a maternal figure. Indeed, Bourgeois’ “Spider” series relates to her own mother who died when the artist was twenty-one. The allusion to her mother as a weaver refers to the Bourgeois family’s tapestry restoration business, in which her mother was the chief seamstress. #dsmpublicart #publicart #louisebourgeois #spider #spiderart #pappajohnsculpturepark #desmoines #desmoinesiowa #entirelyunexpected #midwestmoment
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Posted 6 days ago

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Je l ai vu à New York , impressionnante œuvre .

Kristen Wood we should go look at this

Rebecca

Featured Artist // Get to know Mitchell Squire

Mitchell Squire is an artist and educator whose practice encompasses architecture, visual art, and the study of material culture. He has mounted solo exhibitions at CUE Art Foundation (NYC), White Cube (London), Bemis Center for Contemporary Art / Carver Bank (Omaha), and the Des Moines Art Center, as well as many academic institutions. His work has appeared in signature group exhibitions in Des Moines, and nationally at Richard Gray Gallery (Chicago), Lesley Heller Gallery (New York), Sanitary Tortilla Factory (Albuquerque). 

“Multiple Black” 🚌 🖤 by Squire is the title of the tenth (10th) commission by the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation in collaboration with DART. 

#dsmpublicart #mitchellsquire #artondart #iowaartist #contemporaryart #desmoines #publicart #art #artbus

Featured Artist // Get to know Mitchell Squire

Mitchell Squire is an artist and educator whose practice encompasses architecture, visual art, and the study of material culture. He has mounted solo exhibitions at CUE Art Foundation (NYC), White Cube (London), Bemis Center for Contemporary Art / Carver Bank (Omaha), and the Des Moines Art Center, as well as many academic institutions. His work has appeared in signature group exhibitions in Des Moines, and nationally at Richard Gray Gallery (Chicago), Lesley Heller Gallery (New York), Sanitary Tortilla Factory (Albuquerque).

“Multiple Black” 🚌 🖤 by Squire is the title of the tenth (10th) commission by the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation in collaboration with DART.

#dsmpublicart #mitchellsquire #artondart #iowaartist #contemporaryart #desmoines #publicart #art #artbus
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Posted 1 week ago

“It seems pumpkins do not inspire much respect. But I was enchanted by their charming and winsome form. What appealed to me most was the pumpkin’s generous unpretentiousness.”- Yayoi Kusama ✨🎃
#dsmpublicart

“It seems pumpkins do not inspire much respect. But I was enchanted by their charming and winsome form. What appealed to me most was the pumpkin’s generous unpretentiousness.”- Yayoi Kusama ✨🎃
#dsmpublicart
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Posted 3 weeks ago

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Cheyanne Parish pumpkin!!!!