Waukee Trailhead Public Art Ribbon Cutting

A ribbon cutting and lighting ceremony was held Tuesday, Mar. 27, 2018 at 7 p.m. to commemorate the completion of the Raccoon River Valley Trail (RRVT) Waukee Trailhead Public Art Project.

“Waukee Railroad Pergola: In the Shadows of the Rails”, is a dynamic integration of public-art and infrastructure based on the history of the railroad in the development of the City of Waukee. Located at the trailhead of the Raccoon River Valley Trail in Dallas County, the installation creates a unique “experience” for visitors and a new destination for bicyclists and pedestrians alike. The pergola is a dramatic sculptural icon and regional landmark, a colorful and whimsical connection between the past, present, and future of the community.

This new trailhead gateway is the centerpiece of a regional vision plan to unify and enhance the 89 mile Raccoon River Valley Trail Corridor as a nationally recognized visitor destination.

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The pergola is a dramatic sculptural icon and regional landmark, a colorful and whimsical connection between the past, present and future of the community. A trellis of railroad rails will cast shadows that weave along the trail. A series of handmade ceramic clad columns, over 350 feet long, frame the trail. Accompanying ornamental bollards wrap the trailhead to reinforce the “triangle,” symbolic of the original town center of Waukee. State-of-the-Art LED illumination gives dimension to the structure and provides a colorful “light show,” thoughtful of the site as it changes from day to night.

Our work at the RDG Dahlquist Art Studio is a thoughtful integration into public and private spaces within architecture and the landscape.

Artist and designers depend upon many different elements “orchestrated” in a way in which the public is welcomed into and moved by the experience. In the process, we create memorable destinations and exciting new places.

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