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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 "one of the most significant collections of outdoor sculptures in the United States".
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  • The park was great. Lots of interesting sculptures to check out. This would be a great place for a picnic on a nice day. 
    The park was great. Lots of interesting sculptures to check out. This would be a great place for a picnic on a nice day.  more »
  • Fun and intriguing outdoor sculptures for any and everyone to stroll by. Thoughtfully placed and you don't need to be quiet when discussing them :-) Good photo ops for kids; the time spent walking.....  more
    Fun and intriguing outdoor sculptures for any and everyone to stroll by. Thoughtfully placed and you don't need to be quiet when discussing them :-) Good photo ops for kids; the time spent walking.....  more »
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  • Great exhibit in downtown Des Moines! We happened to be visiting on a day the wind was blowing 40 mph but still enjoyed the sculptures. Impressed by the ability to call a phone number and have a walking tour of each piece! Just had to type in the exhibit number which was on a plaque near the sculpture and info about artist and piece were described. We will be back on a less breezy day!
  • The art sculptures remind of beetle juice. Besides the crying hello kitty with a nice message. The multicolored prism is my favorite. The letter man sculpture is adorable you;can take pictures under it. Not sure why the black, and white snowmen sculptures don't have eyes, noses and a mouth. The red love word sculture is cool. I wish the sculpture park had sculptures with more beautiful designs.

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