Art Route Des Moines Leads the Way

When you think of Des Moines, Iowa; you think: art. At least the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation wants that response.  This month the Art Route Des Moines was completed; green dots and pink chevrons line the sidewalks and guide visitors to public art.

Green dots on the sidewalk of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park in Des Moines, Iowa.(Photo by: Dorvonda Payne)

The route incorporates a total of 87 murals, sculpture and architecture pieces; the 6.6 miles or 20,234 steps lead art enthusiasts past 90 businesses. In the spring 6 crosswalks will be painted to add to the route’s appeal. All of the included pieces are outside or viewable from the street and free to the community year-round. The creator’s of the route envision it increasing walkability and economic development in the city.

Though no other city has the same art route make up as Des Moines, many places have seen benefits after improving access for foot and bike traffic; it stimulates the local economy and raises property values.  Also, walkable cities are healthy cities and studies show that experiencing art can be good for your health.

Nomade” a sculpture by Jaume Plensa is one of the 87 pieces on the route. (Photo by:Dorvonda Payne)

Art Route Des Moines has released a free  IOS app to direct those in search of or curious about art along the route. Users can employ the app as a self-guided tour or search pieces by title, location and artist.

A video posted by the Des Moines Business Record featuring Chief Communications Officer for the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Tiffany Tauscheck.

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