|Me signing in for Volksmarch in front of living wall|
at Greater Des Moines Botanical Gardens
|"Spectral Liberation" by Christiane T. Martens|
|John Deere Chinese Pavilion|
|Bob at Robert D. Ray Asian Gardens|
|Me with a Chinese Fu Dog|
|Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge|
|Des Moines River and downtown|
|Fall color starting up!|
The walk took us on downtown streets toward the Capitol. We passed Zombie Burger + Drink Lab and then a colorful mural that took up the whole side of a building.
|Zombie Burger + Drink Lab outdoor seating|
|Artist with his mural (on the side of a beauty shop on E 5th)|
In contrast to what we read at the Memorial about hardship and extreme poverty, we turned our eyes to the Iowa Capitol, an ornate edifice with five domes. Unlike Topeka's copper dome, Des Moines Capitol's main dome is covered in 24K gold leaf. The gold leaf covering the dome is so thin that 250,000 sheets pressed together would measure only one inch thick. The dome was most recently re-gilded in 1998 at a cost of approximately $400,000.
Construction of the Capitol began in 1871, was dedicated in 1884, and completed in 1886. The building is made of brick and faced with limestone, granite and sandstone. In addition to serving as the seat of Iowa government, the Capitol is a showcase for artwork, woodcarving, artifacts and decorative wall and ceiling painting and stenciling. Inside are 29 types of marble from all over the world as well as a variety of woods. The Capital is closed on Sunday, so we continued on with our Volksmarch and plan to return tomorrow to tour the inside of the building.
|The golden dome|
|A massive edifice|
|View of Des Moines from the Capitol|
|1959 statue of Lincoln and Tad in front of the Capitol|
As we continued our circle of the capital grounds, we saw...
~ The WWII Memorial (the nation's first)
|Bob at WWII Memorial|
|Really looks like a torch or flame in the sun!|
~ Art deco ears of corn over doorway in the Lucas Building
~ Iowa's Liberty Bell (and you get to ring it!). Bob loved it and wanted to do it again. The dimensions and tone are identical with those of the original Liberty Bell which rang out our independence in 1776. The replica Liberty Bell was cast in France and is one of 53 Liberty Bells given to the United States government.
|Iowa's Liberty Bell|
|Civil War Memorial|
~ Vietnam Memorial
~ Submarine Memorial
~ Christopher Columbus Memorial
~ American Revolution Memorial
|American Revolution Memorial|
Across the street on the next hill is the "Shattering Silence" Monument, commemorating that Iowa has been in the forefront of breaking the silence against inequality.
|Shattering Silence Monument|
|Pad Thai was our choice|
|Also Beer from Around the World!|
Of interest downtown is the Equitable Building. The design was influenced by the Neo-Gothic style of Middle Ages churches. On the third floor are gnomish figures straining to support the building.
|Equitable Building gnomes|
|"Must support this building!"|
|"Nomade" (unknown people in the photo)|
|"Cafe Table 1" and "Seating for Eight" by Scott Burton|
|"Thinker on a Rock" by Barry Flanagan|
|"Spider" by Louise Bourgeois|
|Art wall changes seasonally|
The Principal Building below is the tallest building in Iowa (45 stories). It is the home of the 801 Power Climb, a fundraiser for the American Lung Association, where participants run up the stairwells.
|The Principal Building - 45 stories|
|The Cathedral of St. Paul|
|Fall color bowls in downtown|
|Des Moines River from Iowa Women of Achievement Bridge|
To be continued...