Public art and public transportation, combined, create a vibrant patchwork of our region’s character and culture. At DART, we value public art and have incorporated it into many parts of our organization.
Public Art at DART Central Station
DART Central Station, opened in 2012, is the heart of the transit network in Greater Des Moines. DART Central Station’s design, construction and operations save water, use fewer resources, reduce pollution and contribute to healthier environments for our customers and the community. It also includes 3 works of public art.
Confluence, Lynn Basa
Tall Grass Tapestry, Troy Corliss
Transportation Signature, David B. Dahlquist
In collaboration with the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation, DART has launched 10 art buses. The project is part of the Public Art Foundation’s Project Spaces initiative, which places compelling, contemporary works of art in highly accessible and visible public spaces. The public can view the bus as it travels on DART bus routes throughout Greater Des Moines.
Art Bus Shelters
DART envisions a network of bus shelters that enhance the experience of riding DART, enliven streetscapes and support regional connectivity by serving as visual landmarks and moments of creative inspiration while reinforcing a positive image of public transportation.
The DART art shelter program is made possible through the support of the DART Board of Commissioners as well as key investors including the Federal Transit Administration, the Des Moines Metropolitan Planning Organization and the City of Des Moines, in coordination with DART member communities.
The integration of public art into DART shelters is made possible through the collaboration and support of local project partners, neighborhood stakeholders and by the generous regional investment of Bravo Greater Des Moines.
Learn more about our upcoming art bus shelter installations:
Murals Along DART Routes
Des Moines murals, or wall art, can be found in all corners of our community. The best part? All of it is accessible by transit! View which routes can take you to various murals in Greater Des Moines and enjoy the ride. See murals.
Did we miss a mural? Let us know on social media or at email@example.com!