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.


  • An aerial view of the sculpture park
    An aerial view of the sculpture park
  • Half Marathon Route (Source http://www.damtodam.com/routehighlights/sculpture1.jpg)
    Half Marathon Route (Source http://www.damtodam.com/routehighlights/sculpture1.jpg)
  • Sculpture Garden (Source http://jschumacher.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c339953ef0133f4eb39a1970b-800wi)
    Sculpture Garden (Source http://jschumacher.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341c339953ef0133f4eb39a1970b-800wi)

John Pappajohn emigrated to America as a baby, proved to have tremendous entrepreneurial talent and became one of the most celebrated business leaders in the Midwest. He has spent over $30 million financing entrepreneurial centers at 5 Iowa Universities that have between them launched over 1,000 companies

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.

De Moines Art Center http://www.desmoinesartcenter.org/visit/pappajohn-sculpture-park.aspx http://www.pappajohn.com/