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Man of Letters

As part of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Spanish artist Plensa’s three-story “Nomade” may soon become a symbol of Des Moines. The figure’s sheer size, 27 foot tall, dominates the park’s landscape, and its human form made from scrambled steel letters seems to suit the city’s vision of itself in the Information Age. The artist envisioned the letters as building blocks for words and ideas in the same way human cells for tissues, organs and bodies. They are painted with white enamel that appears dark against the sunlit sky and glows at night, thanks to dramatic spotlights at the sculpture’s base. The effect is surprisingly ethereal for something that weighs about 4 tons. This is well worth a visit and not just because there is precious little else to see in Des Moines.




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