Photo Courtesy of  Liz Adelman
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Media / Materials
Year Completed
Commissioned by Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation
Latitude & Longitude
41.583458, -93.624792
Location Description
DART Central Station is the heart of the transit network in Greater Des Moines. Located in downtown Des Moines at 620 Cherry Street, it is the primary transfer location between routes. The artist designed bus is assigned to one of 15 local routes each day and operates out of DART Central Station.

Bus Wrap #3: “STOMP”

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On 17 March 2016, the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation (GDMPAF), in partnership with the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority (DART), unveiled the a public art bus wrap by artists Susan Chrysler White during the Hoops & Hops special event in downtown Des Moines. The unveiling location was Cowles Commons, 221 Walnut Street, in downtown Des Moines, IA (West of 3rd Street, between Locust and Walnut Streets)


Susan Chrysler White’s design transformed DART’s standard transit bus into a forty-foot-long rolling art canvas. The project showcased the artist’s creation to the over 15 thousand weekday ridership and over 4.1 million annual ridership of visitors and residents.

detail: Susan Chrysler White creates compositions through interlocking systems. She explores ideas about climate, weather, history, personal emotional and psychological states. Images often suggest flattened, compressed, tense structures building to a crescendo on the surface.

Through its ongoing initiative, Project Spaces, the GDMPAF seeks to place compelling, temporary works of art in highly accessible and visible public spaces. The bus wrap is one of these initiatives and the third of four planned public art bus wraps featuring artists’ one-of-a-kind designs. Each design is a full wrap that covers the exterior of a large transit bus.


Susan Chrysler White designed bus in St. Patrick's Day Parade, March 2016.
Susan Chrysler White designed bus in St. Patrick’s Day Parade, March 2016.

“My work is often influenced by the seasons. This work and the imagery reflect my vision of Summer and the changes it brings to the natural world and manufactured world. Plant and animal life flourish with drama, we are faced with volatile weather; extreme heat, torrential rain, tornadoes, yet there’s a lightness that cannot be felt any other time of year.”

Susan Chrysler White