Folded Flags is the first component that will be installed as part of three planned phases of Veterans Parkway enhancements, which will be the first project of its kind in the Des Moines metro area, enhancing an entire 11.5 mile long roadway with the addition of public art.
Public meetings were held in 2017 where citizen input was gathered that helped shape enhancement designs. These meetings were attended by neighbors living adjacent to Veterans Parkway, City employees, and local veterans groups. From these meetings, Folded Flags was identified as the inaugural piece of the entire project.
Folded Flags, with its 15 individual standing folded flags will visually attract the attention of commuters and trail users during night and day. The City of West Des Moines’ Public Arts Advisory Commission approved Folded Flags in the fall of 2017, and City Council approval followed in the spring of 2018.
Folded Flags will be fabricated during the winter of 2019. Installation of the 15 separate pieces is planned for the spring of 2019.
Funding for Folded Flags is provided through the City of West Des Moines' Capital Improvement Program. Partial funding was also provided by BRAVO Greater Des Moines.
Folded Flags and future Veterans Parkway Enhancement features were designed by Shive-Hattery.
View the full concept for the Veterans Parkway Enhancements