Posted on June 22, 2021

As the Des Moines Art Festival’s exhibit booths and stages clear, you may be left wondering where you can continue to view art in the community.

Luckily, the city is home to more than 80 sculptures, installations, and murals, so you don’t have to take a break from the art and culture around downtown.

Two vibrant pieces of art available to view in the East Village were commissioned by our agency to promote environmental stewardship. 

No Action Too Small

This colorful mural was commissioned to inspire through its abstract child-like drawings and educate on recycling and protecting the earth. Artist Chris Vance completed the three-story image in two weeks, using recycled paint collected at Metro Hazardous Waste Drop-Off in Bondurant.


Made from discarded metal found at Metro Park East Landfill and local scrapyards, the 60-foot, 2,500-pound interactive sculpture challenges the perception of “trash” and reflects the cyclical loops of sustainable practices. Artist and Urban Designer Dennis Reynolds was commissioned to create this piece to reflect our vision of no wasted resources.