Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Pappajohn Sculpture Park

The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park is located at Western Gateway Park in downtown Des Moines and has been open since September 2009. The collection sits on 4.4 acres of land designed by Agrest and Gandelsonas Architects to provide scale and multiple perspectives between the viewer and the sculpture through topographic elements or “waves.” This collection of outdoor public works currently stands at 27 and reflects an international cross section of figurative, gestural, and architectonic approaches to this dynamic genre. Highlights include Louise Bourgeois’ colossal (Spider, 1997), an iconic symbol of protection and strength; Yoshitomo Nara’s (White Ghost, 2010), a contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional Buddhist guardian lions; and Jaume Plensa’s (Nomade, 2007), which takes an unconventional approach to sculpture by using letters as building blocks to construct an anonymous, crouching figure.
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