Mark Kane, former Garden Editor of Better Homes and Gardens, who lives in the Ingersoll Neighborhood in Des Moines, Iowa , 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.”
After GREATER DES MOINES PUBLIC ART FOUNDATION approved the design, it advanced the project by securing permission from Des Moines Water Works (DMWW) to wrap their (telemetry) box located on the traffic circle. Neighborhood funds were leveraged, graphic design services donated, and Beeline+Blue, the company which printed and installed the dramatic images, also made a contribution.
The neighbors and community partners were impressed. “Today, the utility box signals to drivers, joggers, walkers, everyone who passes, that the circle is a special place, slow down, take a look,” boasts Kane.