Honoring Veterans with Folded Flags Exhibit

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.


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" 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


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"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 Technician

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Holly is an experienced landscape architect who is passionate about designing creative and sustainable spaces for parks, streetscapes, recreation facilities, plazas, and private building sites. Whether recreating a natural environment or creating out-of-the-box ideas, Holly works with clients to deliver solutions based on budget, improvement, and aesthetic goals.

Holly Reid

Landscape Architect