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"Zigs Zag, Zags Zig" was designed to be wrapped around a large transit bus. The design was created by artist Marianne Fairbanks. The title of the piece refers to the back and forth nature of this design. Formally the work uses two different line-based patterns (one soft and undulating the other hard and diagonal), the sawtooth triangles that serve to interrupt and define the patterns, and a binary palate of black and white to create a cacophony of movement and some level of disorientation for the viewer. Conceptually, the work is grounded in ideas of a more emotional back and forth and how one can vacillate between polarities of feelings in this current moment, and in this case places as they travel to and from on the bus.

Des Moines, Iowa: On 13 March 2019 the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation partnered with the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART)  to unveil the ninth art bus. The Public Art Foundation commissioned artist Marianne Fairbanks to create the new art bus wrap, entitled Zigs Zag, Zags Zig. The project is part of

The artist Kerry James Marshall standing next to "A Monumental Journey," July 2018.

Who were the most influential people in 2018 contemporary artworld? ArtReview’s annual ranking of the world’s most influential artists, curators, gallerists, and other powerful people just broke its own rules. This year, for the first time, the magazine has somewhat perplexingly given an entire movement—#MeToo—the third spot on its 100-person list. It is the only


11 | 02 | 18Call for Artists

The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation in partnership with The City of Pleasant Hill, Iowa is searching for professional artists to submit their qualifications for a public art project. The process, guided by professional expertise and public involvement, seeks out the most imaginative and productive affinity between artist and community. Artists are encouraged from

detail: This temporary, site-specific, public art project, “Mental Banquet: Painting with Lights,” was created by Oyoram. The music score was in collaboration with Jack Gallup and Melvin Veach. Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation organized and funded the October 14 and 16, 2018 presentation, with in-kind support from CLE Productions, Ruan Transportation Management Systems, Inc., and The World Food Prize Foundation for its access to the east facade of Hall of Laureates.

The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation proudly presents the world premiére of temporary, site-specific, public art project called MENTAL BANQUET: PAINTING WITH LIGHTS. Internationally recognized artist Oyoram (aka Yorame Mevorach created the project. Oyoram uses 3D video mapping technology to push visual boundaries. With digitally constructed and animated images, the artist colorfully and dramatically transforms the (72 x 164

As well as the practical application of allowing skaters to practice their craft at night on the park’s different bowls, cradle, and tunnels, it’s also supposed to be experienced as an artwork—as a sensorial landscape, integrated into its surroundings, that plays with light and shadows.

Skate parks are all well and good in the daytime when skaters can see where they’re going, but what about at night? Korean artist Koo Jeong-A has come up with a solution—night-skating with glow-in-the-dark skate park which has been built in Vassivière Island, France. Drawn to the surrounding mysterious wooded French landscape, the Korean artist wanted to

The artist Kerry James Marshall standing next to "A Monumental Journey," July 2018.

On July 12, 2018, Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation proudly dedicated A MONUMENTAL JOURNEY by internationally acclaimed artist Kerry James Marshall. “A growing community of people shared the legacy of the NBA founders for the continuation of the ‘monumental journey’ towards racial justice and equality,” said Jessica Rowe, director of the Public Art Foundation.

The church, located in Llanera, Asturias, was converted into a skate park by a collective called the Church Brigade. The more than 100-year-old church was turned into a community space with the addition of a skateboard ramp, and became a popular site with local skaters. Photo by Lucho Vidales

A disused church in the Spanish city of llanera has been given a new lease of secular life. The church was designed by a Spanish architect Manuel del Busto in 1912. During the Spanish Civil War (1936 to 1939) it became part of a complex that housed workers in an explosive factory, according to the organizers. After

Artist Nick Goettling in front of some of his past artwork. Photo courtesy of Downtown Issaquah Association

At noon today, Friday, 22 June 2018,  the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation and the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART) will unveiled the eighth art bus at the Des Moines Arts Festival. The Public Art Foundation commissioned Chicago artist Nick Goettling to create a design used to wrap a transit bus. The bus

Campbell, whose electronic artwork you may have seen in permanent collections at the MoMa, Smithsonian American Art Museum, or SFMOMA, holds almost 20 patents in video image processing. "DAY FOR NIGHT" was commissioned by Boston Properties and Hines, the developers of the Salesforce Tower. The artist debuted two sepia-toned dancers on the tower’s top six floors April 2018 in the initial test of the installation. Now, his creation—one of the most visible art projects in the world—takes up the top nine floors with images from Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park, along the Embarcadero and more. Projections shown each evening will be that of the day’s visuals. Think of it as a video dairy. Taking up roughly two-thirds of the top, he surely crowned San Francisco’s tallest building. 
(Photo Bryce Wolkowitz)

Recently, The New York Times reported that the Salesforce Tower, the second tallest building west of the Mississippi, has taken the concept of public art to new heights in San Francisco. Since May 22,2018, 11,000 LEDs projected an ever-changing visual display on the six-story crown of the building. The screen is fed in part by

Called "4MX", is a sculptural and programmatic artwork built from an ideation of individual and community holistic health. The  greenhouse concept mimics the shape of Malcolm X’s birth house. It will be built on his birth site’s land, the Malcolm X Birth Site Foundation. It is located in North Omaha, a neighborhood with a long history of poverty, social and economic challenges defined by racial boundaries, and food desertification.

Jordan J. Weber of Des Moines, Iowa joins a growing body of artists that the arts organization called A Blade of Grass (ABOG) supports through a ABOG Fellowship. Weber is one of six artists and two collectives to each receive $20,000 in unrestricted funding for projects that will be realized across the United States. Weber will


“A MONUMENTAL JOURNEY” INSTALLATION BEGINS   Des Moines, IA (April 4, 2018) —The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation is pleased to announce that Neumann Brothers, Inc. has begun the installation of “A Monumental Journey” at Hansen Triangle Park bordered by Grand and 2nd Avenues, in downtown Des Moines.  The world-class public art project, designed

Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, a public art exhibition by Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.

A recent magazine article drew attention to art which engages with current events, whether exhibited in galleries or public spaces, have been a major source of news coverage around the world. Ai Weiwei’s Good Fences Make Good Neighbours project, for example, placed fences in public spaces around New York in order to highlight the city’s diversity

Art Walk by Massive Design.

Browsing through a recent Interior Design magazine, I read with great interest a project by a Warsaw firm called Massive Design. Marching across a city square was a parade of white podlike forms, each with a huge asymmetrical window that’s recessed and aglow. Peek through any of the windows, and a miniature art gallery of sorts

In Culture Type's online article by Victoria L. Valentine, she wrote that: [pictured above] Mark Bradford connects with the paintings of Clyfford Still, including “Untitled,” 1950. | From left, Bradford portrait, Photo by Jackie Neale/Kathryn Hurni © The Met (page 46); Still painting, © 2017 City & County of Denver. Courtesy Clyfford Still Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Photo: The Met (page 47)

“The Artist Project: What Artists See When They Look at Art” is the book version of the web series the Met produced in 2015-16. The museum selected 120 critically acclaimed contemporary artists and released brief videos (available online) in which each shared “what they see” when they look at art in the Met’s collection, which

"Interloop" is the name of the new artwork above that reuses the escalators which had been used since 1932.

"Interloop is a project that really talks about past journeys and future journeys – this idea of two stitching stairways that interloop over each other using these heritage treads," the artist Chris Fox said.

Artist Chris Fox has created a mind warping public sculpture in Sydney, Australia’s heritage-listed underground railway station Wynard. Interloop is Fox’s answer to repurposing the old wooden stairs after being replaced by metal ones, part of a major plan directed by local redevelopers who commissioned the artist to help transform the city’s financial district. About the

12 | 05 | 17Guardian Angel

Des Moines, Iowa: At the beginning of December, the painting called “Guardian Angel” (1885) by Theodore Leistner was unveiled. Now the community is invited to see this work of art at St. John’s Lutheran Church at 600 6th Avenue, between Park Street and Watson Powell Jr. Way. Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9am-5pm and Friday, 9am-4pm.

Rendering of propose public art project "A Monumental Journey" in park at 2nd & Grand Avenues, Des Moines, Iowa. The dedication is scheduled July 11 & 12, 2018.

Today (01 Dec 2017), ARTnews posted a new article that heralds the important public art project called “A Monumental Journey.” A MUST READ! The article — “The Arc of Justice: Kerry James Marshall Honors Pioneering Black Lawyers in New Monument in Des Moines” — emphasises that  “A Monumental Journey, speaks to centuries of struggles, solidarities and

Artist Jun Kaneko with students visiting the public art project along the Principal River Walk in Des Moines.

The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation says “Bravo!” Last night a thoughtful, exciting plan called “Regional Cultural Assessment” for arts and culture in central Iowa was formally unveiled by community leaders. Bravo of Greater Des Moines, a local nonprofit support organization, funded the 15- month, $85,000 project. The Assessment builds on the extensive community

R & R STUDIOS, "FLOWER POWER," 2017 Site-specific intervention, 200 S Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL

Miami, Florida: A new public art project called FLOWER POWER is a monumental site-specific installation by Miami-based collective R & R Studios. Roberto Behar & Rosario Marquardt of R & R Studios are among Miami’s most internationally celebrated interdisciplinary practitioners connecting art, architecture, and design. FLOWER POWER appropriates the form and function of a flag

The Jester Park Nature Center will serve as one of Iowa's leading nature centers as well as a gateway to experience Iowa's natural environment. It will serve as a focal point within the community where recreation, education, tourism and conservation efforts all intersect into one goal - to protect, preserve and promote the landscape in which we live, work and play.

Des Moines, Iowa: The Polk County Conservation Public Arts Committee invites artists to submit an application to create an outdoor entrance artwork for the entrance of the new Jester Park Nature Center. The selected artist’s piece shall be displayed at the entrance to the Nature Center. This call to artists provides an opportunity for artists

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