Rendering of Kerry James Marshall's "A Monumental Journey" by Substance Architecture.

Public Groundbreaking Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation (GDMPAF) presents the groundbreaking for A Monumental Journey, a large-scale sculpture by internationally acclaimed artist Kerry James Marshall. This world class public art project honors the legacy of the African-American lawyers who founded the National Bar Association in Des Moines, Iowa in 1925. Date 5:30 PM | Thursday,

Cause Collective is the artist group behind The Truth Booth. (Left to right) Hank Willis Thomas, Jim Ricks and Ryan Alexeiv. (Not pictured: Will Sylvester)

Des Moines, Ia on 28-29 September 2016: The Truth Booth—a giant, inflatable, portable enclosure in the shape of a thought bubble—is crossing the United States to Des Moines, Iowa.  Its presentation in Des Moines is co-sponsored by Artist/Architect Mitchell Squire and the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation with community support. The Truth Booth is a

A unique public art experience in Des Moines, Iowa: The majority of the redesign of Des Moines’ Cowles Commons (formerly Nollen Plaza) by New York landscape architect, Ken Smith, was completed this past summer. The final feature of the project is a public art installation by Jim Campbell. Campbell is a renowned light artist, who

Des Moines, IA: American Enterprise Group is showcasing its newly renovated mid-century modern building and extensive contemporary art collection with a public open house. The event is scheduled for Sunday, August 9 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The building and art park is located in downtown Des Moines at 601 Sixth Avenue. Art docents

The public is invited to dip their feet in the Raccoon River as part of a public art installation by New York-based artist Mary Mattingly. The art installation, titled “Wading Bridge,” is a dock off the riverbank that lets people walk not only over the water – but in the water – as the center

Anish Kapoor’s Descension, a water vortex made by the famous artist Anish Kapoor, is an installation that is exclusive to Kochi Biennale as the artist has used a portion of Aspinwall to create an artificial vortex filled with water and diesel, confronting the visitor with a perpetual force that pulls him to the unknowable interior.


Despite strong reviews and a presence in leading museum collections, Doris Salcedo’s work has not had much exposure in the United States until now. The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is presenting the first retrospective of the work of renowned sculptor Doris Salcedo (Colombian, b. 1958). Salcedo—who lives and works in Bogotá—gained prominence in the

Public art is taking to the streets of Greater Des Moines in a new initiative that wraps artists’ one-of-a-kind designs on public transit buses. The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation Project Spaces initiative, in partnership with the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART), will unveil the new public art initiative at 11 a.m.

10 | 29 | 14Exploring Light

The Kinetica Art Fair has featured multiple installations that explored light using the latest technology to create art, such as the projection mapped sculpture. Visual artist David Ogle‘s “O18015” uses nylon fishing line that is stretched across an open space in a geometric grid and then illuminated with UV LED panels. Check out the video

One of China’s most well-known artists, Cai Guo-Qiang, uses stark imagery to shed light on environment issues. The Ninth Wave contemplates man’s destruction of nature. The project is on view until 26 October 2014. These nightmarish scenes are not science fiction but part of a new art exhibition by New York-based Cai aims to shed

Corn Dogs and Clowns

Visit the Iowa State Fair and experience a new public art installation by Paintallica. The installation is located in the courtyard of the Jim and Patty Cownie Cultural Center. Meet members of the Paintallica during an informal conversation at 1:30PM this Saturday, 16 August 2014. Paintallica’s installations are improvised and largely specific to each site.

The rocking horse on display at New York City’s Rockefeller Plaza is a 37-foot-high public art installation composed of 50,000 flowering plants and is the work of American artist Jeff Koons. Titled “Split-Rocker,” the work was first exhibited in France in 2000 and has been on display at a private museum in Maryland since 2013,

06 | 18 | 14“H” is for Harlem

The project celebrates the Harlem community and consists of a giant letter “H,” surrounded by an oval aluminum truss, which is suspended from the viaduct. In keeping with Meeker’s past work exploring the properties of light, two different types of light-LED and white full spectrum plasma-will be juxtaposed next to one another, drawing attention to

Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation has been accepted into the Birdies for Charity program. This program gives qualifying charities the opportunity to receive a 25% match on the total pledges collected. Here is a direct link for you to make a donation to Public Art Foundation. Birdies for Charity is a fundraising

A work by India’s foremost contemporary artist Subodh Gupta has been installed in front of the Rockefeller Centre in New York to mark the Asian Art Week. The Spill, which consists of a stainless steel bucket spilling over in excess with lunch boxes, glasses and bowls, is estimated at $300,000-500,000 by Christie’s auction house. The

Alice Aycock unveils a suite of seven enormous sculptures in aluminum and fiberglass. Called “Park Avenue Paper Chase,” and stretching from 52nd Street to 66th in New York City, this public art project was inspired variously by tornadoes, dance movements and drapery folds, and will be in view until July 20, 2014. #dsmpublicart

Brooklyn-based IVÁN NAVARRO (born 1972 in Santiago, Chile) has a temporary public art project called THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND. On view through April 13, 2014 in Madison Square Park, New York City, it features three water towers inside of which neon reflections repeat infinitely. The artist takes the exhibition’s title from the beloved 1940

Once a year, Gesellschaft für Moderne Kunst awards the Wolfgang Hahn Prize to contemporary artists. Kerry James Marshall has received the 2014 Wolfgang Hahn Prize. The prize is endowed with maximum prize money of 100,000 € (about $137,000). The jury consists of the Director of Museum Ludwig, a guest jury member and the board members

Des Moines, Iowa: Meet the man who created the dazzling public art project along Des Moines’ Principal Riverwalk. Learn more about Jun Kaneko’s artwork in Des Moines and around the world. 6:30PM, Thursday, 12 December 2013 Kaneko will talk at the Art Center. Please join us!

Des Moines, Iowa: Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation and Des Moines Art Center presents a public lecture by acclaimed artist Jun Kaneko at 6:30pm, Thursday, December 12 in Levitt Auditorium, Des Moines Art Center. Join residents, neighbors, friends and colleagues! Space in Levitt Auditorium is limited for the Kaneko lecture. Please make your FREE

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