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Celebrating International Sculpture Day

Posted on Monday, April 24, 2017

In honor of the third annual International Sculpture Day—held on Monday, April 24—we're delighted to share works from the Art Center's collections on view both in the museum and within our community.

Since the Art Center is closed on Mondays, we encourage sculpture lovers to get outside and enjoy some public art in the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. To help you explore, we've compiled a list of artists with work on view in both the museum and Sculpture Park highlighting some of the outstanding sculptural pieces in our collections.

Richard Serra

Richard Serra

Left:
Richard Serra (American, born 1938)
Five Plate Pentagon, 1986
Steel
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of John and Mary Pappajohn, 2015.21
Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Right:
Richard Serra (American, born 1938)
​Standing Stones, 1989
Granite blocks
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Given by the Kruidenier Family Members and In-Laws in memory of David S. and Florence C. Kruidenier, l989.5.a-.f
Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Jaume Plensa

Jaume Plensa

Left:
Jaume Plensa (Spanish, born 1955)
Nomade, 2007
Painted stainless steel
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of John and Mary Pappajohn, 2015.3
Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Right:
Jaume Plensa (Spanish, born 1955)
​Maquette for "Nomade" (version A), 2007
Painted brass
Overall (Sculpture): 12 3/16 x 8 1/4 x 8 1/4 in. (31 x 21 x 21 cm.)
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of John and Mary Pappajohn, 2009.183
Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

louise bourgeois

Louise Bourgeois

Left:
Louise Bourgeois (French-American, 1911 – 2010)
Spider, 1997
Bronze
Des Moines Art Center Permanent Collections; Gift of John and Mary Pappajohn, 2013.1
Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

Right:
Louise Bourgeois (French-American, 1911 – 2010)
​The Blind Leading the Blind, 1947-1949
Painted wood
Purchased with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Coffin Fine Arts Trust; Nathan Emory Coffin Collection of the Des Moines Art Center, 1989.4
Photo Credit: Rich Sanders, Des Moines

About International Sculpture Day

International Sculpture Day is a celebration event held worldwide on or around April 24th to further the ISC’s mission of advancing the creation and understanding of sculpture and its unique, vital contribution to society. It is a day to create a unified community championing sculpture. With hundreds of artists, organizations and institutions in over 20 countries expected to celebrate the day in 2017 with open studios, unveiling public sculptures, sculpture scavenger hunts, pop up exhibitions, demonstrations, iron pours, and more!

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