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Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Des Moines

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The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park is a 4.4-acre (1.8 ha) park within Western Gateway Park in Des Moines, Iowa. It opened in 2009 with 24 sculptures, with four more acquired later. The sculpture park is administered by the Des Moines Art Center and contains works by artists such as Louise Bourgeois, Jaume Plensa, Ai Weiwei, and Barry Flanagan. It is considered as "one of the most significant collections of outdoor sculptures in the United States".
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  • Some of the sculptures are really weird but it was fun walking around and if you have time I would recommend doing this.  more »
  • If you're in Downtown Des Moines, do NOT skip this park! Its not too big but has some beautiful scupltures - its a great little park to walk through and its free! I captured some gorgeous pictures...  more »
  • Beautiful! Our first time visiting Des Moines and we had to stop and see the sculpture garden. What a great place for everyone. It was so fun to take the family. The sound area was really cool too. They have musical instruments for everyone to play across the street. Very enjoyable and so clean! We all loved it!
  • Beautiful open space. I walked here from my hotel and enjoyed walking around. The art is fun and varied. Very nice space and very open. I highly recommend stopping here. Also walk a couple blocks up and check out the library - their outdoor space is beautiful as well.

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