A central spot in Ankeny just got a little more colorful.

City officials announced in a news release Thursday the installation of a new bus shelter that also functions as a work of art. The new shelter is part of the Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority's art bus shelter program, which calls on artists to transform bus shelters into public art.

It's also the first outside of the Des Moines city limits.

The shelter on West First Street near the Ankeny Market & Pavilion, 715 W. First St., and the Albaugh Family Senior Community Center, 150 N.W. Ash Drive, has become "Growing in all directions" by New York-based artist Béatrice Coron, who is known for her public art installations and vibrant work with paper cutting. The shelter is near Uptown, the High Trestle Trail and Hawkeye Park.

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