Des Moines Offers a Walk Along the Art Route

Jun 22, 2016

Supporters of the arts and city leaders in Des Moines are unveiling plans for a walking tour of public installations in the downtown area. 

Map of the Art Route in downtown Des Moines
Credit Greater Des Moines Partnership

The Art Route will pass by 87 pieces of art and stretch 6.6 miles from the west end of downtown to the State Capitol.

The chief communications officer for the Greater Des Moines Partnership, Tiffany Tauscheck, calls the Art Route one-of-a-kind in the nation.

“Through our research we found cities with connector paths and we found cities with painted intersections," she says. "However, we did not uncover any cities that were combining both of those elements into one project.”

The route will be marked by colored circles placed every 20 feet along downtown sidewalks with painted chevrons pointing to the art attractions along the way.

Officials in West Des Moines will add to the Art Route by creating an area around City Hall where another 13 pieces of art are located.