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A new "home" in Ankeny doubles as an interactive work of art for trail-goers.

The new Northwestern Trailhead in Ankeny, part of the High Trestle Trail, features artist Matthew Mazzotta's piece "Drop In," a house-like structure that evokes the experience of hanging out on a friend's porch and listening to music. Visitors can relax on porch swings and set their phones in a gramophone sculpture that amplifies sound.

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"This exciting project supports not just bicyclists, but all trail users, as well as the broader community by providing essential amenities and a unique and fun place to gather," economic development director Derek Lord said in a statement. "None of this would have been possible without the support of the City Council and Bravo Greater Des Moines."

The ribbon cutting for the project, which is open to the public, will be at 4 p.m. Sept. 18. EVENT INFO


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