John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park
This urban park blends art and nature with walking trails that connect many of the buildings in downtown Des Moines. The park features 28 sculptures donated by John and Mary Pappajohn, along with twenty-one by celebrated artists. Visitors will enjoy this accessible setting within a major crossroads of the city's the urban grid. Guided tours are not required, just walk through and enjoy the park.
Backstory and Context
John and his wife Mary are passionate philanthropists when it comes to art and have donated millions more to state, educational and fine arts efforts. ARTNews Magazine listed them among the Top 200 art collectors from 1997 - 2012.