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Honoring Veterans with Folded Flags Exhibit

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The City of West Des Moines, Iowa honored veterans with its Folded Flags art installation. Unveiled on Flag Day 2019, the fifteen, 15-foot illuminating folded flags marks the first phase of an 11-mile roadway enhancement project beginning at Brown’s Woods Drive and Veterans Parkway. With Folded Flags, reflection is the main theme and serves as a reminder of our veterans’ service and sacrifice.  

A red ribbon art installation and median and gateway treatments have been designed for the remainder of the road as it is constructed.

Shive-Hattery worked with the City to provide a collaborative process with citizens and veterans; design; bidding and construction administration for the community identity features and sustainable (low-maintenance) landscaping.


” As a landscape architect, it was a great experience. Every person on our team contributed. It was a truly collaborative effort right through to the very end; from shop drawings to testing. This will go down as one of the most impactful projects of my career. It was personally gratifying and satisfying. It’s an honor to be a part of.”

Emily Naylor
Landscape Architect – Project Manager


“It’s an installation for veterans to be heard, thought of and recognized. It’s not every day you can be part of something that makes a meaningful impact. In the world we live in, we need that spark of hope.”

Garret Munch
Landscape Architect