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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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  • This was a great little park to wander around and stretch our legs during a long road trip. The sculptures are fun to see and the park is large enough to spend a half hour in. 
    This was a great little park to wander around and stretch our legs during a long road trip. The sculptures are fun to see and the park is large enough to spend a half hour in.  more »
  • Sculpture gardens usually have a unifying theme if some kind. This one is more of a hodge podge and your experience is really defined by your interests and tastes. Some pieces are interesting as... 
    Sculpture gardens usually have a unifying theme if some kind. This one is more of a hodge podge and your experience is really defined by your interests and tastes. Some pieces are interesting as...  more »
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  • 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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