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UPDATE: Des Moines Arts Festival® Mural to be installed in Skyway Tomorrow, February 18th

Posted February 17, 2014 in Downtown, Community Web Exclusives

Due to the inclement weather the skywalk installation will take place tomorrow, February 18th.

DES MOINES, IOWA – Guests at the 2013 Des Moines Arts Festival® contributed to the creation of a mural inspired by the work of Grand View University art student Abigail Cooper, one of the emerging artists exhibiting at the 2013 Festival as part of the Paint the Skywalk interactive art project presented by The Principal Financial Group®.  When the mural is installed 840 6″x6″ panels measuring 7’x30′ and will be permanently displayed in the downtown skywalk.  Today, Travis Clark of Timber Valley Construction will be installing this original piece of pubic art in the downtown skywalk located above Grand Avenue between the city parking lot and 801 Grand.

Paint the Skywalk combines the innovation of emerging Iowa artists with the efforts of The Principal Financial Group® to beautify the downtown skywalk system.  The Principal® is a co-sponsor of the Des Moines Arts Festival® and presenter of the Emerging Iowa Artists program.

“We are grateful for our partnership with The Principal Financial Group to help support our efforts to beautify downtown Des Moines with original pieces of art through the our Paint the Skywalk program” said Stephen King, executive director Des Moines Arts Festival.


The 2014 Des Moines Arts Festival®, presented by Register Media, will be June 27-29 in downtown Des Moines’ Western Gateway Park.  The festival was founded by the Des Moines Art Center is produced by Downtown Events Group and sponsored by Bravo Greater Des Moines, Prairie Meadows and The Principal Financial Group®.  For more information on the festival visit please

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