public art project
To celebrate the 40th anniversary of Metro Arts Alliance in October 2015 the organization partnered with The Des Moines International Airport and Des Moines Arts Festival to commission a piece of public art that incorporates the use of recycled materials, public participation at the Arts Festival, and a connection to the airport.
Bird’s of a Feather, the latest piece created by Bounnak Thammavong, Stephanie Sailer & Mike Sneller, speaks to the power of community involvement. With the assistance of over 2,200 Des Moines Arts Festival participants, small painted birds will be added and help the sculpture grow. As a refugee to the United States when he was young, Bounnak learned very early that only with the help of others can we fly toward a better future. Every mark, large or small, will help in the creation of this piece.
The project would not have been possible without generous support of its many donors, volunteers, and key partners such as the Polk County Board of Supervisors, Register Media, The Iowa Arts Council, the Des Moines International Airport, as well as the Des Moines Arts Festival; and the many individuals who contributed their uniquely painted bird.