A Souvenir from the Beautiful Capital of Iowa
The Quantum Leaf is a bronze sculpture and fountain by artist Sally Vagliano Pettus in Des Moines. It is about 15 feet in diameter and comprises a cast bronze leaf, seemingly floating in a pool of water. The nearby Papajohn Sculpture Garden is also worth a visit. An acrylic fridge magnet souvenir of the Quantum Leaf can surely serve as a memorable souvenir. Des Moines is the capital as well as the most densely populated state of Iowa. The city is named after the Des Moines River and a small portion of it extends into the Warren city. It is basically situated at the juncture of the Des Moines and Raccoon rivers. Des Moines was founded in 1843 and it was incorporated as a city in 1851. Des Moines is a culturally rich metropolitan where Arts, theatre, ballet, Symphony and Opera are found in large number. The nearest largest city is Omaha, Nebraska which is 125 miles West of Des Moines.
Some Interesting Facts about Des Moines
Originally the city was named Fort Raccoon which changed to Fort Des Moines to be finally shortened to just "Des Moines". Politically, the city is quite significant as it houses the "Iowa State Capitol", which is the seat of the Iowa General Assembly. The Capitol entails the Iowa Senate, Iowa House of representatives, the office of the Governor and the offices of the Attorney General, Auditor, Treasurer and secretary of State. The building also houses a chamber for the Iowa Supreme court. Another noteworthy fact about Des Moines is that it is a major centre for the Insurance Industry. The Des Moines Art Festival (summer) and the Iowa State Fair (August) are the two very popular events of Des Moines. The Sky Walk System of Des Moines consisting of Four Miles of elevated Pathways gives the visitors the unique experience of walking on the air.