Art and Sculpture

Art and sculpture adds to the visual experience of a garden by providing a focal point, by serving to anchor a planting or by leading the eye to a different destination. Sculpture is inanimate yet its appearance changes constantly according to time of day, weather conditions and seasons of the year. Garden designer and author Rosemary Verey said that gardens need strategically placed objects to cause the visitor to come to a “full stop.” In other words, stop and smell the roses. Art and sculpture play this role, along with a place to sit, a found object or a statement plant.

  • The rainbow sculpture at the front by internationally recognized artist Christiane T. Martens is entitled “Spectral Liberation". It was installed at the front entry of the former Botanical Center in 1984, donated by the family of Connie Belin, a local civic leader.
  • The sculpture entitled “Persona I, II, III,” by regional artist Mark LaMair, was donated by the Des Moines Herb Study Group and installed in 2008.
  • The former courtyard fountain sculpture by Des Moines artist Peter Morasco was a gift of Robert Sterling and family. The free form resembles a budding flower, ready to bloom. The piece is currently off display.