Bright Idea for Des Moines, Iowa

November 10, 2011  |   News
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Walnut Street in downtown Des Moines has a new vision, and part of revitalizing the area is incorporating public art — specifically “light-sculpture” could be part of revitalizing this area! What do you think?

Arts reporter Michael Morain wrote in the Des Moines Register that City leaders are considering the work of American artist Leo Villareal (born 1967, Albuquerque, New Mexico) and now living in New York. Villareal combines LED lights and encoded computer programming to create illuminated art in public places. “Visual Music 1905-2005” has been on display in the tunnel connecting the East and West buildings at the National Gallery of Art, designed by I.M. Pei, in Washington, D.C. And, you can find Villreal’s projects throughout the U.S. and in Spain and Korea.

Below, Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation has added two short videos — in both the artist describes his compelling work.