More than 150 public art supporters and business and community leaders attended a dedication last week for the Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation’s most recent installation. 

“Expansion,” a mural created by artist Jun Kaneko, was dedicated Oct. 28 at the Court Avenue Pump Station, located across the street from HubSpot Plaza on the Principal Riverwalk. At night, the hand-blown glass mural is illuminated from behind by a network of more than 40,000 LED lights. The sculpture is organized into seven narrow panels, each of which contains horizontal bands of changing colored lights.

The project is designed to move Des Moines a step closer to becoming a destination for public art, said Paul Mankins, president of the Public Art Foundation board and principal of Substance Architecture.

The Greater Des Moines Public Art Foundation received more than $850,000 in contributions specifically for this project. Funding supporters include the city of Des Moines, James W. Hubbell Jr. and Helen H. Hubbell Charitable Foundation, Trudy and G. David Hurd, Michele and J. Barry Griswell, Lynette and Kurt Rasmussen, Substance Architecture, and Bravo Greater Des Moines.