Arts & Culture

After the 2009 opening of the renowned John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park in the Western Gateway of downtown Des Moines, The Avenues: Ingersoll & Grand Restoration formed a committee to study how public art on Ingersoll and Grand could create a stronger link between the new Park and the Des Moines Art Center.

Working with Moberg Gallery, a successful art gallery located on Ingersoll featuring regional and national artists, the committee has identified over 50 locations on both Grand and Ingersoll Avenues that would be appropriate for public art pieces.

The first foray is a video projection piece titled “So Much Water So Close to Home” created by Iowa City artist, Matthew Kluber. This piece debuted in August at the annual Ingersoll Live street festival. Thousands of attendees from throughout central Iowa were on hand for this unveiling.

Since then, The Avenues: Ingersoll & Grand Restoration’s Public Art Committee has worked tirelessly to place art along the Ingersoll and Grand Avenue corridors. Procurement and installation of these works has been funded through generous grants from the Iowa Arts Council, private donors, and contributions from area property owners. The public art committee will continue to raise funds for each ongoing piece in a similar fashion.

The committee’s goal is to install up to 20 pieces within the next five years – and they’re already well on their way. This initiative, coupled with the ongoing revitalization efforts, has Ingersoll and Grand poised to become a recognized destination for those seeking a dynamic, vibrant, and authentic experience. Click here to take a look at all the public art along The Avenues of Ingersoll & Grand.