Art Type
Media / Materials
Year Completed
Gift from Trudy Holman and G. David Hurd, Collection of Central Iowa Shelter & Services
Latitude & Longitude
41.582537, -93.635011
Location Description
The sculpture is sited in the courtyard adjacent to Central Iowa Shelter & Services on 1420 Mulberry Street, Des Moines.


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Thunderer was installed by Neumann Construction on September 7, 2012 at this location. The dimensions of the sculpture are 12′ 6″ x 17′ 4″ x 5′ 3″.

The artist Rob Craig said it is part of a series of sculptures that take their abstract form from selected objects, in this case the classic Acme brand whistle. "The whistle is a tool of intervention and communication and calls us to stop, to change direction," said Craig. "It elicits a range of meanings from safety to music to celebration. As the Shelter provides safety, nourishment and promotes efficacy, the whistle functionally and symbolically is also engaged with these activities."

Robert Craig