Jun 29

Pappajohn Sculpture Park – Des Moines

Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Home to towering works of art.  The Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines was an interesting and fun visit for my family.  Around four and half acres to roam around in and over 2 dozen works of art by different artists.  It was the perfect blend of something unique for my girls to see while giving them a chance to stretch their legs after a long drive.
Des Moines Fun
When our eldest was just a baby and we could strap her to us and it was not a big deal to go and see an art museum.  She loved going for walks in her BabyBjorn.  Always quiet while we would walk around and take in the art on display.  Of course, once she out grew it we become a little apprehensive about taking her to an art museum.  Would she enjoy it?  What happens if she gets bored too quickly?  After a visit to the Pappajohn Sculpture Park we might have found the perfect compromise and a good way to introduce a little art culture to our girls.
Des Moines Sculpture Garden
The Pappajohn Sculpture Park was a surprise for us in Des Moines.  When I think of Des Moines I am not thinking let’s see some world’s class art. But there it is.  Maybe I need to shift my perspective of the Midwest.  The park is home to realist and abstract art.  From a drift wood horse to one of its more iconic pieces a 27-foot-tall human form made up of letters.
Good day
There is paid parking all along the park.  As well as a sidewalk that goes around and through the park.  They have a map key of the place to explain the work and their creators.  Several different fine dining options on the adjoining streets.  It was easy to see that this is a pretty popular spot of the city.  Clean well taken care of a nice little place to take a stroll.
Des Moines
Both of our girls ended up loving our visit to the Pappajohn Sculpture Park.  The art was definitely unique. There is also the aspect of getting out of the car which was probably a big draw.  It was enjoyable for us as well.  The park’s venue is very scenic with the Des Moines skyline as the backdrop.  I am not an art aficionado, but I enjoy looking at it.  Diving into the deeper meaning of work and the emotional side of art is not for me.  I am perfectly happy being a Neanderthal.

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Pappajohn Sculpture Park
Located at 1330 Grand Avenue
Hours of Operation: Sunrise to midnight 7 days a week
Cost as of this Posting Free
For more information visit their website at http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org/visit/pappajohn-sculpture-park

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  1. freda

    Hummm, interesting. You always find the most unusual parks.

    1. Kenny and Karen

      New experiences are the spice of life

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