Hidden in the Heartland: John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park

As we continue our hunt for the Midwest’s hidden wonders, downtown Des Moines’ John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park has come to the forefront of our efforts. Located in the heart of the new city’s new mixed-use district, the park provides an unforgettable entry into downtown and is an absolute must-see.

Named after local businessman John Pappajohn and his wife Mary, the 4.4-acre park houses 28 eclectic sculptures from 22 of the world’s most celebrated artists – including Willem de Kooning, Louise Bourgeois and Sol Lewitt.

Admission is free and hours of operation are pretty flexible. We encourage all tourists, commuters and/or curious bodies to take a lap and wander through red beams, spider legs and Nomads.



Featured image compliments of Des Moines Art Center