Pappajohn Sculpture Park is Celebrating its 10th Anniversary!

Pappajohn Sculpture Park is Celebrating its 10th Anniversary!

I bet if I took a poll of the top places to visit in Des Moines, the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park would be at the top of the list.  A visit to the Park is an opportunity to take in incredible art, breathe in some fresh air and lounge on the grass all at the same time. As a community hub, the Sculpture Park plays host to several community events and festivals throughout the year. And, many of its sculptures grace local tour guides and social media feeds making it a Des Moines icon.

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park this year, the Des Moines Art Center will showcase art that is inspired by its sculptures.  Artists of all ages are invited to participate in “Sculpting Our Community”, a showcase of artwork that will celebrate the Park.

“Sculpting Our Community” Call for Entry:

According to the Des Moines Art Center’s Website:

  • Artwork should be inspired by sculptures in the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. It can be abstract or realistic, but at least one sculpture must be incorporated. (Sorry, but they are not looking for portrait photography, wedding photography, or animal portraits.) The sculpture should be the starring role. 
  • Art can be any media and any size, pending there is a digital photo of your artwork uploaded to their website. 

If you would like to participate in this Call for Entry, artwork should be submitted online by Thursday, August 1, 2019.

Images will be printed and displayed (weather permitting) at a FREE community celebration for participants, guests, and supporters on September 7, 2019 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm at the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.

Pappajohn Sculpture Park is Celebrating its 10th Anniversary! –

About the John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

When To Visit

The park is open from sunrise to sunset daily year-round.


The Pappajohn Sculpture Park spans 4.4 acres and is located in Western Gateway Park on the west side of downtown Des Moines. The official address is 1330 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50312. Visit the Des Moines Art Center’s website or call (515) 277-4405 for directions or additional information.

Cost to Visit

This is the best part, it’s FREE! 


Metered street parking is available near the Sculpture Park.

Food Policy

Outside food and beverages are permitted and this is an ideal spot for a picnic! Please be sure to keep all food and drink away from the sculptures.


There are no public restrooms located within the Sculpture Park.  However, there are restrooms located in the Des Moines Public Library, which is adjacent to the Park. 

While You’re There

Walk along the paths, check out the art and be sure to bring along your camera, this is such a great place to snap a few pics of the kids and family!



Can you believe the Pappajohn Sculpture is celebrating it’s 10th Anniversary?  What’s your favorite sculpture?


Featured photo image source Des Moines Art Center.  “Moonrise” drawing example by Aubrey.

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