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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

Public Art Foundation (PAF) and Polk County, Iowa officials gathered to award $100,000 to "A Monumental Journey" public art project. From left, Kim Walker, Kristi Lund Lozier, Pam Bass-Bookey, Steve Van Oort, Angela Connolly, Katherine M. Murphy, Dr. Mary Chapman, Robert Brownell, M. Jessica Rowe, John F. Mauro, and Tom Hockensmith.

Des Moines, IA (31 August 2017) — The Polk County Board of Supervisors has authorized a $100,000 Community Development Grant, Polk County, Iowa to the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation to support a public art project titled “A Monumental Journey.” “A Monumental Journey” is a large-scale sculpture, designed by acclaimed American artist Kerry James

Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation proudly partner with the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority to unveil the sixth art bus in conjunction with the opening of the 2017 Des Moines Arts Festival. The Public Art Foundation commissioned Des Moines artist Jordan Weber to create the design.

Residents and visitors may have noticed unique designs on large transit buses in their neighborhoods through the metropolitan area.  It is one of the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation’s initiatives.  Called Project Spaces, the initiative places compelling, temporary works of art in highly accessible and visible public spaces. Creating designs to wrap around buses is the result of

Art Route on 3rd and Locust Streets in Des Moines, Ia.

Greater Des Moines, Iowa: Installations are taking place on the regional Art Route DSM in Greater Des Moines (DSM), with locations in Downtown Des Moines and West Des Moines. Installations of thermoplastic paint in multiple crosswalks of intersections on the Art Route DSM path in Downtown are taking place this week and throughout the month. The

His trademark style has catapulted him into the stratosphere of the art world: 72 of his paintings were displayed earlier this year a New York’s Metropolitan Museum. His figures aren’t just black; they are jet black — bold, proud, undeniably black. His works deal with grief, injustice and loss, but also everyday life: swimming pools

RAGBRAI is an abbreviation for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa. RAGBRAI began in 1973 when writer John Karras challenged columnist Donald Kaul to do a border-to-border bicycle ride across Iowa. It evolved into a non-competitive bicycle ride organized by The Des Moines Register and going from west to east across the U.S.

Italian artist GUE shared impressive images from a brand new installation he finished in the city of Alessandria in Italy. The artwork is a tribute to Carlo Carrà, futurist artist, who was born in Alessandria. As part of the redevelopment of the Carlo Carrà park, Gue transformed a 347-square-meter basketball court into a geometric labyrinth

Augusta Savage with one of her sculptures, 1938. (Archives of American Art)

A friend sent me a blog by Keisha A. Blain about the artist Augusta Savage, whose early career flourish with burgeoning arts scene of the Harlem Renaissance when her talents led her to New York. Dr. Blain writes that Savage’s “work was lauded, and she was consistently admired by contemporary black artists, but her renown was transient. And

The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation and partners recently completed the painted green dots and pink chevrons that designate the new Art Route Des Moines and art locations along the downtown Des Moines path. Tiffany Tauscheck, chief communications officer for the Greater Des Moines Partnership and a member of the Public Art Foundation’s Art

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,

Rendering of propose public art project "A Monumental Journey" at Hansen Triangle Park, Des Moines, Iowa.

Kerry James Marshall, one of the most celebrated artists currently working in the United States, created a new public art project called A Monumental Journey to honor the 12 founders of the National Bar Association in Des Moines, Iowa. The project will be located in Hansen Triangle Park in downtown Des Moines. More information will be released

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

The University of Tennessee, College of Architecture and Design will host Paul Mankins Monday, Sept. 26, 2016.

At 5:30PM, Monday, September 26, Paul Mankins, founding partner of substancearchitecture in Des Moines, Iowa will present a lecture.  Free and open to the public, the event will be streamed live.  The lecture is co-sponsored by the University of Tennessee, College of Architecture and Design in Knoxville and the American Institute of Architects East Tennessee.

Located in the Horse Barn, Stall # 406, the center piece is a molded horse head used for tack display, rodeo and rope training which doubles as a camera to capture images in the barn.  Photo by M12 Studio

M12 Studio unveils a new public art project called SWITCH at the Iowa State Fair —on view through August 21, 2016.  Located in the Horse Barn, all ages are invited to explore a collection of equine (horse) objects, images and information, and take away printed materials about equine culture. During the Iowa State Fair, the images

SWITCH is a new project by M12 Studio, and the third piece in a trilogy exploring equine culture  in rural America. It is located in the Horse Barn at the Iowa State Fair, Stall #406, from August 11-21, 2016.  Photo by M12

SWITCH by M12 Unveiling & Artist Talk | Friday, 12 August at 6PM | Iowa State Fair, Horse Barn, Stall #406 On view | 11-21 August 2016 | Two Locations:  (1 – temporary public art project) Iowa State Fair, Horse Barn, Stall # 406 ; (2 – video) Capital Square, 400 Locust Street, Des Moines   SWITCH is a

Crosswalk rendering of "Walking Figures" concept design by artist ROADSWORTH.

First-of-its-kind, innovative project connects public art in Downtown Des Moines; expands into West Des Moines. GREATER DES MOINES, IOWA – Area leaders today unveiled details and officially launched the Art Route Des Moines path in Downtown Des Moines with a live installation of one piece of the route. The Art Route is a groundbreaking, first-of-its-kind project

Crosswalk design by artist Peter Gibson for 10th and Locust Street in downtown Des Moines.

Public art is art in any media that has been planned and executed with the intention of being staged in the physical public domain, usually outside and accessible to all. To celebrate public art in Greater Des Moines, the following projects and initiatives are scheduled: 10am, Wednesday, 22 June 2016: “Art Route Des Moines” , a public-private

LarassaKabel

Des Moines, IA — The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation announces that the artist Larassa Kabel has been commissioned to create a one-of-a-kind design which will be wrapped around a large transit bus. The project is part of the Foundation’s Project Spaces initiative, which places compelling, temporary works of art in highly accessible and

Three women pose with Keith Haring sculpture.

May 4 is artist Keith Haring’s birthday—he would have been 58 years old. Recently, while strolling in downtown Des Moines, I took a snapshot of three women in front of the Keith Haring sculpture. This iconic sculpture is a reminder of the strong desire Harding had to make his artwork available to as wide an audience as

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