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Des Moines International Airport to install photography showcasing Iowa

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New photographic murals will be installed inside the Des Moines International Airport to give visitors a sense of Iowa as they arrive or fly from the state, according to a news release Monday.

The installation is scheduled for Tuesday, July 18 in the baggage claim and Southwest Airline ticket line areas, according to the release. 

According to the release, the area will include photography and messaging to represent the vibrancy of Iowa.

Some of the photography inside the Des Moines International Airport:

  • Hot air balloons in Fort Madison
  • A kayaker in Fort Dodge
  • A skyline shot of Downtown Des Moines
  • The High Trestle Trail Bridge in Madrid
  • Sculptures on the 24th Street Bridge in Council Bluffs
  • The Downtown Farmers’ Market in Des Moines

Travelers will also be greeted with hand-lettered messages designed and drawn by local artist Jenna Brownlee, Senior Graphic Designer for the Greater Des Moines Partnership.

The messages encouragevisitors to “Explore the Great Outdoors,” “Grow Innovative Ideas,” “Discover Unexpected Opportunity,” “Experience Diverse Art & Culture” and “Ignite a Passion.”

Tina Hoffman, Communications Director at the Iowa Economic Development Authority, said the murals will give business decision-makers a positive impression of Iowa.

“Iowa is a destination for business people especially in the fields of agriculture, insurance, logistics and manufacturing,” Hoffman said. “This mural will give influential business decision-makers a positive impression of our state from the get-go.”

Des Moines International Airport
Each photograph represents a portion of Iowa that hopefully makes travelers feel more welcome. Photo courtesy of the Des Moines Partnership.

Michael Morain, Communications Manager for the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, said visitors may be surprised by how much arts and culture Iowa offers.

“This mural really shows off the vibrancy of our entire state,” Morain, said.

The installation is a joint project of Catch Des Moines, the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Greater Des Moines Partnership.


  • Valerie Van Horne
    Posted July 19, 2017 at 11:22 am

    Who is the photographer?

    • Joey Aguirre
      Posted July 27, 2017 at 1:56 pm

      Valerie! I have reached out but haven’t heard back. I’ll let you know when/if I do

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