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Des Moines, Iowa: Iowa's Most Scandalous Statue

At least for art prudes. Sculpted on the Iowa Soldiers and Sailors Monument by a guy from Europe, an allegorical "Iowa" cups her bared breasts, which are pointed directly at the state capitol.In dark bronze, so many people don't notice.

Address:
1001 E. Walnut St., Des Moines, IA
Directions:
East side of downtown, on the south side of E. Walnut St. The statue is part of the Iowa Soldiers and Sailors Monument, and faces the Iowa State Capitol.
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Another monument.

Iowa's Most Scandalous Statue

Definitely a scandalous sculpture. There's also another (secret) one right behind it.

[Chepe, 08/07/2023]

Des Moines: The Pornhub of Allegory.

Iowa Soldiers and Sailors Monument.

Iowa's Most Scandalous Statue

There are 4-5 public parking spaces directly adjacent to the statue.

[Troop1, 06/24/2023]

Decried as "too lewd" after its 1898 unveiling, the allegorical figure of Iowa on the state capitol grounds was sculpted by an artist who'd emigrated from Denmark. The capitol's official guidebook described the statue as a "beautiful, youthful mother offering nourishment to her children" -- a meal that wasn't coming from the kitchen. The monument commission declined to give it a dedication ceremony.


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