RDG Dahlquist Art Studio

301 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA US
50309

Phone: 515-284-1675

Website: https://rdgusa.com/dahlquist-niebuhr

  • Architectural Metal
  • Ceramics and Mosaics
  • Furniture
  • Light Art
  • Other
  • Sculpture
  • Video & Projection Mapping

RDG Dahlquist Art Studio is a comprehensive design and fabrication facility within RDG Planning & Design, specializing in the integration of artwork within building architecture and the landscape. The studio of makers is led by the team of David Dahlquist and Matt Niebuhr who together have collaborated and completed major public art installations across the country. David is a nationally recognized public artist and teacher and Matt is an accomplished visual artist with an architectural education and training. The team approaches projects collaboratively in the studio creating contextual site-specific installations guided by the conceptual framework of Story, Structure, and Site.

My Projects

  • From Here To There : The High Trestle Trail Bridge

    The project, entitled “From Here to There,” for the High Trestle Trail Bridge, is both...

    • Other
    • Bridges, Roundabouts and Roadways
    • Experiential
    • Historical
    • Mixed Media
  • Tree of Life

    The “Tree of Life” is a comprehensive streetscape installation that transforms five blocks of South...

    • Other
    • Bridges, Roundabouts and Roadways
    • Celebrate Culture
    • Folk Art/Ethnic
    • Mixed Media
  • Confluence

    Entitled “Confluence,” this site-specific Art-in-Transit installation weaves together the physical and symbolic connections between the...

    • Other
    • Transportation Hubs
    • Celebrate Culture
    • Water
    • Mixed Media
  • Windfarming

    The Art-in-Transit installation for the new Iowa Department of Transportation rest area in Adair County...

    • Other
    • Other
    • Visual Storytelling
    • Science
    • Mixed Media
  • Needles and Thread

    The site-specific Art-in-Transit installation for Nashville’s 28th/31st Avenue Connector Bridge is part of a new...

    • Architectural Metal
    • Bridges, Roundabouts and Roadways
    • Community Building
    • Historical
    • Metal
  • Technology Columns

    The project features a series of lighted sculptural markers that form a colonnade that flank...

    • Architectural Metal
    • Bridges, Roundabouts and Roadways
    • Welcome / Attract Visitors
    • Geometric
    • LED
  • Klopfenstein Amphitheater

    The Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts located in Marion, Iowa is a dramatic synthesis...

    • Other
    • Parks
    • Placemaking
    • Nature
    • Mixed Media
  • Isthmus

    The three-dimensional, mixed-media wall installation is based on the unique geography of Madison, an isthmus...

    • Mosaics and Ceramics
    • Lobbies
    • Beautify Space
    • Water
    • Mixed Media
  • Cellular Panorama: Our Body / A Garden

    The wall mural entitled “Cellular Panorama: Our Body/A Garden,” is one part of a larger...

    • Mosaics and Ceramics
    • Offices
    • Transform a Space
    • Science
    • Glass
  • Convergence

    This custom relief carved and modelled terra cotta wall mural is one part of a...

    • Murals
    • Other
    • Visual Storytelling
    • Historical
    • Ceramic
  • Empty Earthen Vessels

    The site-specific public artwork entitled We Are a Bowl: "Empty Earthen Vessels Waiting to be...

    • Architectural Wall
    • Government
    • Community Building
    • People
    • Mixed Media
  • Whispering Maples

    Based on the book entitled “Beneath the Whispering Maples: the History of Simpson College” by...

    • Furniture
    • Educational Facilities
    • Activate Space
    • Botanical
    • Mixed Media
  • Paragon Prairie Tower

    Entitled “Paragon Prairie Tower,” the 120 foot tall column depicts a scene of native prairie...

    • Mosaics and Ceramics
    • Parks
    • Beautify Space
    • Botanical
    • Glass
  • Transportation Signature

    Entitled “Transportation Signature,” the integrated public art installation is a dynamic wall over 180’ long...

    • Architecture
    • Transportation Hubs
    • Branding
    • Streetscapes
    • Mixed Media
  • It Has Iowa Written All Over It

    Entitled “It Has Iowa Written All Over It,” the comprehensive public art installation for the...

    • Experiential
    • Transportation Hubs
    • Visual Storytelling
    • Contemporary
    • Mixed Media
  • the weight of your heart / the weight of a feather

    “The weight of your heart/The weight of a feather,” is a site-specific installation for the...

    • Furniture
    • Government
    • Visual Storytelling
    • Botanical
    • Metal
  • Sun Pavilion

    Entitled “Sun Pavilion,” the public art installation creates an iconic, destination shade structure for Blackie...

    • Infrastructure
    • Parks
    • Placemaking
    • Folk Art/Ethnic
    • Metal
  • Rippling Waters (Aguas Onduladas)

    The city of San Antonio, Texas selected the Elmendorf Lake Park along Apache Creek to...

    • Architectural Metal
    • Parks
    • Welcome / Attract Visitors
    • Water
    • Metal
  • Waukee Railroad Pergola: In the Shadow of the Rails

    “Waukee Railroad Pergola: In the Shadows of the Rails” is a dynamic integration of public-art...

    • Infrastructure
    • Parks
    • Beautify Space
    • Contemporary
    • Mixed Media
  • Modulation

    Artist led design in conjunction with the architect of record & design team (RDG Planning...

    • Architectural Glass
    • Educational Facilities
    • Beautify Space
    • Landscape
    • Mixed Media
  • Murmuration

    We are artist and design collaborators at the art studio at RDG Planning & Design....

    • Suspended Sculpture
    • Offices
    • Inspiration
    • Animals
    • Ceramic
  • Lily Pavilion

    “Lily Pavilion,” located on the grounds of the ISU Jack Trice Green Space, is an...

    • Architectural Metal
    • Sports Facilities
    • Placemaking
    • Nature
    • Metal
  • Both / And — Tolerance / Innovation

    “Confluence” has been used to identify this special place on the State Street pedestrian mall...

    • Other
    • Plazas
    • Placemaking
    • Geometric
    • Mixed Media