Grand View hosts initial installation of "Sputnik Returns" a public art sculpture

May 29, 2018

In April, a transient sculpture was installed in the Rasmussen Center parking lot and caused quite a stir. Canadian sculptor Brandon Vickerd designed a temporary and moveable sculpture as part of the work new Art & Design department faculty member Mathew Greiner conducted for local arts organization Bravo. The sculpture was an exact replica of the Sputnik satellite, positioned as if it crashed to Earth and landed on a car. The car was parked at about 7 locations throughout the Des Moines metro over a period of a week in late April and started in the Rasmussen parking lot.

Sally Dix, Executive Director at Bravo Greater Des Moines, says, "In 2017, Bravo Greater Des Moines sought to define a bold vision for the future by funding a Regional Cultural Assessment to identify ways arts, culture and heritage can help advance, support and enhance quality of life and economic development.  Four deeply interconnected cultural priorities emerged, including a desire to see more Every day, Everywhere art to generate more spontaneous artistic and cultural connections in new and different places.

Over the last couple of weeks, the Des Moines community played a critical role in bringing this vision to life.  Performers engaged riders on DART buses, a mobile sculpture expanded definitions of public art, and a water quality xylophone will be in place throughout the summer to engage people musically in important discussions about the environment.  Each of these experiences created inspiration and joy and we couldn’t have done it without you.

On behalf of Bravo Greater Des Moines and Group Creative Services, thank you for your support.  Please view and share the three videos (Water Quality Xylophone, Transit Troubadours, Sputnik Returns) that were created to tell the story of these pilot projects and feel free to brag about your role in making it happen.  We hope this is the first of many opportunities to work with you to make every day, everywhere art."