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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

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

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

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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

Zaha Hadid was a pioneer in the field of architecture, becoming the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize (the Nobel Prize of her field) in 2004.

Internationally acclaimed architect, Dame Zaha Hadid was the first woman to receive the Royal Institute of British Architects (Riba) Gold Medal in recognition of her work. Her designs have been commissioned around the world, including Hong Kong, Germany and Azerbaijan. Zaha Hadid died yesterday following a heart attack in a Miami hospital, where she was being treated for

Brâncuși photographed in his workshop. The artist bequeathed part of his collection to the French state on condition that his workshop be rebuilt as it was on the day he died. This reconstruction of his studio, adjacent to the Pompidou Centre in Paris, is open to the public.

One of the most influential sculptors of the 20th century, Constantin Brâncuși, was born on this day, February 19, 1876, in Romania. He died in Paris in 1957. On of Brâncuși’s most famous public art projects is the sculptural ensemble at Târgu Jiu, where he spent much of his childhood. Finished in 1938, it is an homage

The Bay Lights, the Bay Bridge light sculpture that dazzled residents and visitors of the Bay Area for two years after its unveiling in March 2013, returned on 30 January 2016. It will lift the gaze and spirits of California residents and visitors for at least 10 years.

How is a historic bridge transformed into a dazzling work of art? Forbes called this public art project, “a powerful example of what’s possible when you dream (very) big, and can successfully inspire engagement among all key stakeholders.” In 2013, Leo Villareal installed more than 25,000 LED lights on the Bay Bridge. The installation was meant to

"Filter Bubble" is a collaboration with  Sarah Abu Abdallah (Providence), Sophia Al Maria (Doha), Abdullah Al-Mutairi (New York), Rachael Allen (London), Yollotl Alvarado (Mexico City), ARCA & Jesse Kanda (London), Darja Bajagić (New York), Alessandro Bava (London), James Bridle (London), Andrea Crespo (New York), Manolis Daskalakis-Lemos (Athens), Alex Dolan (New York), Valia Fetisov (Moscow), Louisa Gagliardi (Zürich), Deanna Havas (New York), Max Hawkins (nomad), Bernhard Hegglin (Zürich), Ho Rui An (Singapur), Emmanuel Iduma (New York), Nicholas Korody (Los Angeles), Isabel Legate (New York), Luca Lum & Marcus Yee (Singapur), Nicholas Maurer (Sydney), Felix Melia (London), Mitchell Messina (Kapstadt), Ryan Murphy (New York), Wyatt Niehaus (New York), Adriana Ramić (New York), Tabita Rezaire (Johannesburg), Bunny Rogers (Stockholm), Ben Rosenthal (Zürich), Bogosi Sekhukhuni (Johannesburg), Takeshi Shiomitsu (London), Crista Siglin & Isaac Wilder (Kansas City), Jasper Spicero (New York), Jesse Stecklow (Los Angeles), Hito Steyerl (Berlin), Elisabeth Sutherland (Accra), Philipp Timischl (Wien), Alexander Jackson Wyatt (Sydney), Urban Zellweger (Zürich), Zou Zhao (New York), Bruno Zhu (Amsterdam), Damon Zucconi (New York).

Max Hawkins (American, born Des Moines 1990) is participating in the 89plus collaborative project “The Filter Bubble”, on view through 14 February 2016 in LUMA, Zürich, Switzerland. The project designates the way Internet users are increasingly directed to a personalized information landscape through an algorithmic editing of web content. ‘Filter Bubble’ translated three years of research into an

Lieu Nguyen Huong Duong was born in Tra Vinh, Vietnam in 1975, He brings landscapes to life in a uniquely vivid way. Painting from memory, he freely dots vibrant layers of color until they match what he sees in his mind’s eye. Though he usually works on canvas, in Cherry Blossom, Lieu uses iPad Air 2, the Procreate app, and Pencil by FiftyThree to portray a blossoming tree.

Apple’s “Start Something New” campaign aims to show the world how creativity is possible on an iPhone. The company commissioned eleven artists to create artwork using only an iPhone and various third-party apps. The work ranges from impressionistic to realistic, with a variety of different scenes and inspirations. Here are a few examples:       For

Jessica Terrill, of Substance Architecture in Des Moines, was honored 15 October 2015 with the inaugural Young Architect award from the American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter. The award honors “exceptional leadership and significant contributions to the profession” from someone in the first 10 years of their career. She earned a master’s degree in architecture

How do other places in the US and abroad made their alleys come alive? Jenny Kempson and Mary Fialko, under the instruction of Nancy Rottle at the University of Washington Green Futures Lab, spent a semester studying alleys and distilling their learning into a handbook. A handbook: Activating Alleys for a Lively City helps people

Jordan Weber‘s monumental mural is dramatically illuminated (below) at night. This dazzling artwork is located just east of 4th Street and bordering Locust Street in downtown Des Moines, Iowa — across from Cowles Commons. The Des Moines Register art critic Michael Morain reported on August 3, 2015 that Weber, known for politically and socially charged

Jordan J. Weber (American, born 1984) is currently painting a new mural in downtown Des Moines at Locust and 4th Street, just north of Cowles Commons.

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

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