Art Hits the Streets of Des Moines

Jun 24, 2016

A piece of public art is now maneuvering along the streets of Des Moines. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard tells us for the fourth time a DART bus has become a rolling canvas.

A DART bus in Des Moines becomes a moving canvas.
Credit Rob Dillard, Iowa Public Radio

The opening day of the Des Moines Art Festival provided the stage for the unveiling of a work called “Where’s the Ball?” It’s the creation of local artist Larassa Kabel and features depictions of her two dogs. She says it’s the first time she’s used a city bus as a medium.

“It kind of represents what art is, which is a gift artists give that nobody asked for,” she says.

Kabel says she took a light approach to the project, saying she wanted the bus to be “an art ambassador of joy.” 

Artist Larassa Kabel and one of her models.
Credit Rob Dillard, Iowa Public Radio