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Operation Downtown 

Colorful Light Installation Borealis to Transform Downtown’s 8thStreet Viaduct

The underside of downtown Des Moines’ 8th Street Viaduct near Mulberry St. is a poorly lit, dreary, concrete wasteland, bordered with parking ramps and lots on all exposed sides. Operation Downtown asked Group Creative Services to lead a call for artists to transform this space with a bright, artful installation.

BOREALIS designed by artist Alex Braden was chosen for this project, set to be installed in 2019. The installation will feature brightly colored LED lights that will turn the viaduct into an enjoyable space to pass through – and even a destination that pedestrians will go out of their way to experience.