Photo Courtesy of  M. J. Rowe
Art Type
Media / Materials
Year Completed
Commissioned by RoCA, Des Moines, Iowa
Latitude & Longitude
41.585042, -93.619467
Location Description
On the east exterior wall of 208 Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Untitled Wall #1

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Artist Jennifer Leatherby’s mural is constructed of distinct, geometric forms. Measuring 10-feet by 20-feet, the composition incorporates multiple abstract shapes which are vividly painted — yellow, grey, purple, pink, orange or turquoise — on a solid white background. The artist distilled these forms into blunt, philosophically charged geometries. These pared-down facets appear “folded” and utilize shifting axes in the overall design. Stripped down to its essential quality, each colorful shape shows elements of both the fragmentation and synthesis. Leatherby has achieved a simplicity within the arrangement that is completely original.


Detail of "Untitled Wall #1"
Detail of “Untitled Wall #1”


In June 21, 2015, Des Moines Register art critic Michael Morain wrote on-line that Leatherby indicated after painting the background white that the final design will be “off-the-cuff abstract.”

“I won’t decide exactly what I’ll do until I’m making it,” she said.


Murals at RoCA


Untitled Wall #1 was the fourth painting in a series of murals on the building’s east side. Just left of Leatherby’s composition are other murals, including a purple Egyptian dreamscape, by artists Asphate and Leter91, and a message in giant calligraphy, “This must be the place,” by Anna Frederick.

Inspired by minimalism and the digital age.

Jennifer Leatherby