Paint Marks the Way: Road Painting Connects Local Art

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Des Moines residents have been cautioned to look out for road painting this month, as installations continue on the Art Route DSM, a 6-mile-long path painted on Downtown Des Moines sidewalks and intersections that connects 87 pieces of public art.

The volunteer committee is leading installations of thermoplastic paint in multiple crosswalks of intersections on the Art Route DSM path in downtown throughout August. The heavy duty, sustainable paint is expected to last longer than traditional road paint. Installation will primarily take place at night.

The completion of this project will make it the first known trail of its kind in the nation and possibly the world: a trail connecting public art that includes a painted connector path and painted crosswalks.

Art Route DSM features bright colored circles painted on the sidewalks that connect the route, and downtown intersections painted with artistic designs by Canadian street artist Peter Gibson, also known as "Roadsworth."

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