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Circle of Life

Created by Hilde De Bruyne; Cumming, IA

Hilde was inspired by the lyrics from the song “The Circle of Life” by Elton John. Circle of Life
“In the circle of life
It's the wheel of fortune
It's the leap of faith
It's the band of hope
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle, the circle of life."


Circle of Life was one of 9 sculptures featured in the very first Art on the Campus exhibit in 2013.  A private citizen purchased the piece and gifted it to the City of West Des Moines.  The piece became the first acquisition in West Des Moines' public art permanent collection.  Circle of Life is located behind West Des Moines City Hall.




Created by Joseph Dehner; West Des Moines, IA

Joseph's inspiration for this sculpture revolved around the concept of the vibrations and movement throughout life.


Frequency was one of thirteen sculptures featured in the 2014 Art on the Campus exhibit. Upon completion of the exhibit, the Public Arts Advisory Commission purchased Frequency and it became the second acquisition in the West Des Moines public art permanent collection.  Frequency is located near the front entrance of the West Des Moines Library where many patrons enjoy moving the vertical rods to create varying sound frequencies.





Jeff Boshart Community Project

Created by West Des Moines students and Jeff Boshart; Charleston, IL

Several Public Arts Advisory Commission members attended the Iowa Public Art Network Conference in Dubuque in the fall of 2014. One challenge taken away from the conference was how to involve youth when incorporating art into the community. Jeff Boshart was a presenter at the conference and after listening to his presentation and visiting with him, staff contacted him for some ideas and a proposal.


Boshart conducted a class in the fall of 2015 where students were asked to help create the design for the art piece. The group first created a small scale model of a sculpture out of balsa wood over the course of two days and then a larger steel tube replica sculpture was assembled by Jeff Boshart and his team. Students were encouraged to assist in the assembly. This was an opportunity for participants to become engaged in the actual design of a piece of public art.  This art piece is located at the entrance of Holiday Park.