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"Pergola" art team, headed by David Dahlquist, now has major installations across America

We've got photos here of some of our favorites of "about 70" large art installations -- most of them public projects -- that Dahlquist and his team at RDG Planning & Design's Dahlquist Art Studio in Des Moines have done over the past three decades.

Big art and a big buzz on the Raccoon River Valley Trail!

After nearly seven years of brainstorming, then planning, development, fundraising and construction, the million-dollar "Waukee Railroad Pergola -- in the shadow of the rails" will be dedicated on Tuesday, March 27. There will be a 7 p.m. ceremony with remarks by artist David Dahlquist and Waukee Mayor Bill Peard, then a ribbon cutting and first official lighting of the art installation at the RRVT trailhead on the west edge of the community. The ceremony is free and the public is invited.

Wow! A $42,682 banquet for the RRVT Association!

More than 165 attended the event at the West Des Moines Marriott Hotel. They came ready for fun and ready to step up big time with financial support for the "Lets Connect" project developing the 9-mile trail linking the Raccoon River Valley Trail with the High Trestle Trail. Stars of the night: Tom Maxwell, new owner of the Hotel Pattee, with a $10,000 donation for the "Connector" trail, and keynote speaker Scott Sumpter, who shared his own story -- one of amazing service to bicycling in Iowa.

RRVT banquet: Scott Sumpter speaking & updates on huge trail projects

The banquet, to be held Feb. 24 at the Marriott Hotel in West Des Moines, is like "a family reunion" of the Iowa bicycling community, one organizer says. Sumpter, one of the state's best-known bicyclists and self-described "lead mule" at, will deliver an "ice-breaker" message and a reflection on cycling. And we'll celebrate one of America's best rec trails with a social hour, outstanding meal, trail updates, and silent & live auctions. Tickets are on sale now.