Okoboji Murals and Public Art

You'll find a thriving arts and culture in the Iowa Great Lakes area! Explore our community and you'll be greeted by a wide variety of murals, painted furniture and so much more. Check them out!

Murals

A Day in the Life: Okoboji is part of Imagine Iowa Great Lakes’ mural program, launched in 2020. The program aims to bring artistry, color, and interest to the area by commissioning regional artists to paint murals for the public to enjoy. Mural themes strive to capture the spirit of Okoboji and reflect life in the Iowa Great Lakes Region with a focus on family fun, the area’s unique ecology, natural beauty, and the special qualities that make Okoboji a great place to visit and live.

Emerald Hills Golf Club

Artist: John Neal

Okoboji Summer Theatre

 

Artist: Lili Payne Lennox

Spine Trail Mural

Artist: Thomas F. Agran

Painted Furniture

As part of Imagine Iowa Great Lakes' mission to improve and enhance the Iowa Great Lakes region, Imagine Iowa Great Lakes has commissioned local artists to paint works of art on furniture to place at gathering spots throughout the area.

Taco House

Dickinson County Museum

Artist: Kipp Davis

Iowa Rock'N Roll Museum

rock n roll museum chairs

The Three Sons

Artist: Cherie Lee

Wahpeton City Park

Artist: Cherie Lee

Millstone Park

Artists: Dennis Reynolds and TJ Moberg
This iconic public art piece for the City of Milford will serve as a gateway to the Iowa Great Lakes while telling a story of Milford’s origins as the home of several water driven mills. The piece is designed to provide multiple viewing experiences including a large scale impact as people drive by on their way to the lakes, or more intimate experiences as people walk and bike to the site to stop, explore and sit within the art piece. The shapes, shadows and details will constantly shift, change and reveal themselves as you experience it from different viewpoints. 

The piece also represents a place in time that will pay homage to the past, connect to the present and reach out to the future, including four time-capsules that will be opened every 25 years. The character and quality of the art experience will also shift throughout the year as the wheel structure casts different shadow patterns according to the seasons.

The design of the main shelter-like structure of the art piece was inspired by the water wheel from the sawmill that was built in 1869 that Milford would be named after. The art piece’s structure provides shade and a place to sit while also experiencing it from within. In addition, thru digital mapping and laser projectors, imagery of Okoboji water will be cast under the water wheel structure. This playful and interactive experience might have visitors contemplating whether to dip their toe into the projected lake.

We hope visitors driving by will be intrigued enough by the art experience that they will stop and enjoy some of the details that the park and public art piece will offer to both Milford residents and visitors.

Learn more about this project here.

The Throwing Post Arnolds Park Mural

Artist: Jenna Brownlee

La Barca Mexican Restaurant Mural

La Barca

Arnolds Park Pinwheels

Artist: Matthew Placzek

The Pinwheels, designed by Matthew Placzek, add color, whimsical charm and light to the walkway near the Arnolds Park museums. The sculptures were installed December of 2019. Matthew creates sculptures that range in size from small pieces to large-scale sculptures that stand over 90 feet tall. No matter the size, his work is transformative, moving and unforgettable. Imagine Iowa Great Lakes is honored and excited to have his work on display in the Iowa Great Lakes as part of their beautification efforts.