Bus Wrap #10: Multiple Black

M. Jessica Rowe

Created by artist Mitchell Squire, Multiple Black is the title of the tenth (10th) commission by the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation in collaboration with the DART (Des Moines Area Regional Transport Authority).    The bus travels approximately 27,000 miles per year or 2,250 miles per month into communities throughout Greater Des Moines. These routes include Ankeny, Altoona, Pleasant …

"Zigs Zag, Zags Zig", 2019, by Marianne Fairbanks, Commissioned by Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation

Bus Wrap #9: “Zigs Zag, Zags Zig”

M. Jessica Rowe

Created by artist Marianne Fairbanks, Zigs Zag, Zags Zig is the title of the ninth (9th) commission by the Public Art Foundation in collaboration with the DART (Des Moines Area Regional Transport Authority).  The bus travels approximately 27,000 miles per year or 2,250 miles per month into communities throughout Greater Des Moines. These routes include Ankeny, Altoona, Pleasant Hill, Des …

Bus Wrap #8: Outward

M. Jessica Rowe

Nick Goettling’s design is the eighth (8th) commission by the Public Art Foundation for the DART (Des Moines Area Regional Transport Authority) bus travels approximately 27,000 miles per year or 2,250 miles per month into communities throughout Greater Des Moines. These routes include Ankeny, Altoona, Pleasant Hill, Des Moines, Grimes, Windsor Heights, West Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale and Johnston.  

Bus Wrap #7: “The Chasm”

M. Jessica Rowe

    Benjamin Gardener’s design will be seen 100s of thousands of residents and visitors. The bus will travel approximately 2,250 miles each month in Des Moines, Ankeny, Altoona, Pleasant Hill, Des Moines, Grimes, Windsor Heights, West Des Moines, Clive, Urbandale, and Johnston.

Shine

M. Jessica Rowe

“Shine”by Robert Whicker is a large scale painting on the Redhead Park Basketball Court. Meredith Corporation and Rebuilding Together Greater Des Moines celebrated their 15th anniversary with an employee volunteer work day on 6 October 2016 in the Capitol East neighborhood. As part of that work day, approximately 200 Meredith employee volunteers completed a significant number of improvement projects at …

Untitled Mural

M. Jessica Rowe

The property features a 20’ x 40’ mural on one side, painted by Chris Vance in 2017. This original composition is a colorful and welcome addition to the Natural Grocers store.

Cosmic Waltz

M. Jessica Rowe

The mural painting, titled Cosmic Waltz, is approximately 24 feet wide by 12 feet high. It is an abstracted rendition of two joined partners holding hands and crossing feet while surrounding energy (represented with the red/orange/yellow orbs) pulses around them.

Untitled Wall #1

M. Jessica Rowe

Artist Jennifer Leatherby’s mural is constructed of distinct, geometric forms. Measuring 10-feet by 20-feet, the composition incorporates multiple abstract shapes which are vividly painted — yellow, grey, purple, pink, orange or turquoise — on a solid white background. The artist distilled these forms into blunt, philosophically charged geometries. These pared-down facets appear “folded” and utilize shifting axes in the overall design. Stripped down to its essential quality, each colorful shape shows …

Ancient Minds of Modern Scribes

M. Jessica Rowe

A grid of murals were commissioned for the exterior, east wall of a restaurant on Court Avenue in Des Moines. Located in the lower and central part this wall is a 25-ft-wide by 12-ft-high mural titled Ancient Minds of Modern Scribes. This detailed composition is applied directly on the surface with aerosol spray paint by artists Asphate and Leter91. The mural’s left side is …

Pearl Clutcher/Snatcher

M. Jessica Rowe

The Des Moines Register art critic Michael Morain reported on August 3, 2015 that Weber, known for politically and socially charged artwork, “spray-paint[ed] black outlines on the two-story, 100-foot long wall, with help from a forklift, a video projector and a few buddies from Minneapolis. …But the new mural’s message is more subtle. The blonde woman represents “the overall American …

Utility Cabinet

Utility Cabinet

Larry Bradshaw

In May 2012, the Ingersoll Park Neighborhood embarked upon a public art project. Mark Kane, former Garden Editor of Better Homes and Gardens and Ingersoll neighbor, explained, “Here’s the story. A group of neighbors came together and converted the traffic circle at 44th and Harwood into a garden. Today it looks great and serves to inspire other neighborhood associations.” In …

No Action Too Small

Larry Bradshaw

“No Action Too Small” is a 30 feet by 60 feet mural by Chris Vance. It was commissioned in 2013 by the Metro Waste Authority for its central office in the East Village of downtown Des Moines as an educational tool that integrates the artist’s style with its environmental mission of providing safe, smart waste disposal and recycling. For this …