• Commissioning Entity

    City of West Des Moines

  • Application Open Date


  • Application Deadline Date


  • Minimum Budget


  • Maximum Budget


  • Location of Commission

    West Des Moines, Iowa, United States

  • Geographic Eligibilty

    Applicants in country of installation

  • Contact Name

    Allison Ullestad

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

  • Contact Phone


  • Commission Document

    View Link Document

  • Brief Description

    Historic Valley Junction is the gathering place that is the heart and soul of West Des Moines – a delightful mix of old and new, bridging generations with unique shops, vibrant events and a walkable hometown feel. Historic Valley Junction is West Des Moines’ original main street.

    The Railroad Park Public Art Work Group wants to celebrate the story of Historic Valley Junction through this art project. The Work Group wants every person who experiences this specific commissioned artwork to feel a sense of excitement and a connection to the community.

    The project will include two (2) permanent commissioned works of art to be sited in rough openings sized 6’-8” by 3’-4” on the north face of the public restroom facility. The restroom facility is located on the west side of the stage/shelter at 425 Railroad Avenue. The total budget for the project is $50,000. This not-to-exceed total must cover all artist fees, design and engineering including structural and electrical, fabrication, installation, lighting (excluding electrical service), site visits, travel costs, and other related expenses.


    Selection of a finalist or finalists will be based on the following:

    • Quality of letter of interest
    • Quality of work samples
    • Background and prior work experience including community engagement
    • Demonstration of project understanding and ability to meet project schedule
    • Consideration of project criteria in conceptual design proposal

    The artist’s concept, final proposal, and ultimately the final artwork will need to meet certain criteria. Artwork should:

    • Fulfill the Railroad Park Public Art Statement (see above)
    • Include a high level of community engagement that is incorporated into the development of a final proposal by the selected artist
    • Be low maintenance, durable, and resistant to vandalism; able to withstand extreme weather conditions
    • Be dynamic and eye-catching; impactful and engaging
    • Be aesthetically and photographically pleasing
    • Be appealing both day and night and during all seasons

    Please see commission document for full project information and application instructions.