• 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)

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

  Jun Kaneko

 Installed 2012  |  Long-Term Collection
  Principal Riverwalk

  Mitchell Squire

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

  Kerry James Marshall

 July 2018  |  Long-Term Collection
  Other Public Art Downtown

Featured Artists this Month


 
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 born 1944
 American


 1958
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News + Initiatives Blog

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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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What the world needs now is LOVE, sweet LOVE. ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ Happy Valentine’s Day from your friends at the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation (@dsmpublicart).
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“Miffy Fountain” (2007) 
Artist: @tomsachs ❄️🐰
Photo Credit: @karlajconrad ✨

The artist Tom Sachs explores the fountain’s function as an icon and metaphor.  Miffy Fountain (2007) is the first, long-term fountain which the artist has created. This public art project is integrated into Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park as a downtown oasis. #dsmpublicart #tomsachs #publicart #miffy #miffyfountain #sculpture #desmoinesphotographer #desmoines #desmoinesiowa #catchdsm #dsmusa #desmoinesdoesthings

“Miffy Fountain” (2007)
Artist: @tomsachs ❄️🐰
Photo Credit: @karlajconrad ✨

The artist Tom Sachs explores the fountain’s function as an icon and metaphor. Miffy Fountain (2007) is the first, long-term fountain which the artist has created. This public art project is integrated into Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park as a downtown oasis. #dsmpublicart #tomsachs #publicart #miffy #miffyfountain #sculpture #desmoinesphotographer #desmoines #desmoinesiowa #catchdsm #dsmusa #desmoinesdoesthings
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Posted 1 month ago

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Thank you to Karla Conrad for a fantastic picture in the winter snow

A Monumental Journey was inspired by the talking drum of West Africa. There African drummers communicated complex messages over vast distances by simply varying the pitch of the drum and using tone to mimic patterns of speech.

With the concept of one drum-form precariously stacked upon the other, artist Kerry James Marshall has created a powerful physical and poetic expression. The large-scale sculpture embodies the notion of communication among diverse peoples and a legal system that — though not perfect — strives to be balanced.

"A Monumental Journey" was inspired by the talking drum of West Africa. There African drummers communicated complex messages over vast distances by simply varying the pitch of the drum and using tone to mimic patterns of speech.

With the concept of one drum-form precariously stacked upon the other, artist Kerry James Marshall has created a powerful physical and poetic expression. The large-scale sculpture embodies the notion of communication among diverse peoples and a legal system that — though not perfect — strives to be balanced.
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Posted 1 month ago

Do you want to build a snowman? “Back of a Snowman (Black)” Artist: Gary Hume ❄️🖤



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Posted 1 month ago

Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation Featured Artist: @kerryjamesmarshs 
Kerry James Marshall is internationally known for large-scale paintings, sculptures, and other objects that take African- American life and history as their subject matter. Marshall’s art is a complex and compelling one that synthesizes a wide range of pictorial traditions to counter stereotypical representations of black people in society and reassert the place of the black figure within the canon of Western painting.

The artist’s works are held by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; among many others.

Commissioned by Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, a major public art project called “A Monumental Journey” was dedicated on 12 July 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa. #kerryjamesmarshall #dsmpublicart #publicart #publicartmatters #catchdsm #dsmusa #art #sculpture #artoftheday #artistofinstagram #artistoftheday #desmoinesiowa @ Des Moines, Iowa

Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation Featured Artist: @kerryjamesmarshs
Kerry James Marshall is internationally known for large-scale paintings, sculptures, and other objects that take African- American life and history as their subject matter. Marshall’s art is a complex and compelling one that synthesizes a wide range of pictorial traditions to counter stereotypical representations of black people in society and reassert the place of the black figure within the canon of Western painting.

The artist’s works are held by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Art Institute of Chicago; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; among many others.

Commissioned by Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, a major public art project called “A Monumental Journey” was dedicated on 12 July 2018 in Des Moines, Iowa. #kerryjamesmarshall #dsmpublicart #publicart #publicartmatters #catchdsm #dsmusa #art #sculpture #artoftheday #artistofinstagram #artistoftheday #desmoinesiowa @ Des Moines, Iowa
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Posted 1 month ago