Public Art Bus Exhibition

Nov 20, 2014

The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation is using a city bus to display new art.  Painter Alex Brown is the first of four artists to have his work photographed then printed on a vinyl seal surrounding the bus.  Brown says his paintings are comprised of aircraft and faces that are hard to make out at close range, but they become clearer from a distance.

Images of Alex Brown’s paintings are wrapped around a Des Moines city bus. The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation is funding four artists to have their art on a bus at six-month intervals.
Credit Photo by John Pemble

“I was playing with the registry of things sort of slipping and being out of focus,” he says. “Kind of a varied combination of things that my eye was attracted to.”

Public Art Foundation director Jessica Rowe says this is an inexpensive way to exhibit new art.

“A temporary work gives you a lot of freedom to do something spontaneous, something exciting, something that’s happening in different places around the community and hundreds of thousands of people seeing it," she says.

Only one bus traveling various city routes is being used for this project.  Works by four artists will be displayed at six-month intervals through 2016.