DENVER PUBLIC ART TOURS

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Email Brendan or Rudi to get involved!
Rudi Cerri at [email protected] or 720-865-5562
Brendan Picker at [email protected] or 720-865-5563

Art and architecture lovers are invited to participate in a series of free walking and biking Public Art Tours throughout the city each summer. These guided tours focus on small segments of the Denver Public Art Collection and give citizens and visitors the opportunity to venture inside venues such as the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Colorado Convention Center, and outdoor venues such as Civic Center Park, to view new and historic works and hear the intimate details of their creation and installation.

The Denver Public Art Program is one of the most respected in the country, with a collection of more than 400 pieces, found along streets, over bridges, in and around buildings old and new, in all mediums. Tours are free, but most are limited to 15 people.

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Colorado Convention Center Public Art Tour

Why is that escalator laughing at me?  And, what’s with the big blue bear peering through the window? Get the answers, plus see Denver’s 300 million-year history unfold in a short 100-foot walk on this fun and educational tour of public artwork in the Colorado Convention Center. The tours will meet at the Colorado Convention Center next to “I See What You Mean,” aka “The Big Blue Bear” on 14th Street between Stout and California streets.

2018 dates:
June 2
July 7

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Golden Triangle Public Art Tour

This tour covers a broad array of historical and contemporary public artworks in Denver. Beginning with the classic 20th century bronze sculptures of Alexander Proctor's On the War Trail and Broncho Buster, as well as the big red chair with a miniature horse by Donald Lipski, this tour offers a variety of public art in and around Denver's Civic Center, Denver Art Museum, and the Denver Public Library, in the Golden Triangle.

Tour will be led by Public Art Docents Esther Varney or Djamila Ricciardi.

Tours are free and open to the public, but spaces are limited, so please RSVP to reserve your place. 

Tours meet at McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave.

May 9, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.
May 23, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.
June 9, 2018 - 1 p.m.
​June 13, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.
​June 27, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.
​July 11, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.
​July 25, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.

 

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Burns Park Public Art Tour

Have you ever wondered about the sculptures in the triangle park along Colorado Boulevard, Alameda Avenue and Leetsdale Drive? Join Public Art Docent, Rosalie Martin, as she gives you the inside scoop on this historic sculpture park.

Tours are free and open to the public, but spaces are limited, so please RSVP to reserve your place. 

The tour will meet at the southeast corner of the park, by the black and red sculpture (pictured).

May 24, 2018 - 6 p.m.
June 14, 2018 - 6 p.m.

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City Park Public Art Tour

Tour participants will visit roughly half a dozen artworks including the historic sculptures, fountains and gateways of City Park on this tour led by Public Art Docent Rosalie Martin. The tour will include Avian Front located along the south end of the Denver Zoo. The tour will meet at the Thatcher Fountain (pictured) at 17th Avenue and City Park Esplanade.

Tours are free and open to the public, but spaces are limited, so please RSVP to reserve your place. 

May 9, 2018 - 6 p.m.
June 6, 2018 - 6 p.m.
June 20, 2018 - 6 p.m.

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Commons Park Public Art Tour

With Rosalie Martin

Take in Venet’s “222.5* Arc x5” (steel rings miniature of “Indeterminate Line” at Convention Center along Speer) and Grygutis’ “Common Ground” (namesake of the Commons Park).  Culminate with John McEnroe’s “National Velvet” at the foot of the pedestrian bridge across I-25.  Appreciate the range of public art in this urban park. Tour guide is Public Art Docent, Rosalie Martin. The tours will meet at the bottom of Millennium Bridge at the plaza along Little Raven Street.

2018 dates coming soon!

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14th Street Public Art Tour:

You will be amazed at the quality and amount of art visible within two square blocks on and around Curtis Street, the heart of Denver’s Theater District. Witness some of Denver’s oldest murals done by Allen True and just steps away take in some recent works in Denver’s public art collection by the artist team of Walczak and Heiss. The artworks on this tour tend to be colorful, big and playful. Join Public Art Coordinator, Brendan Picker on this spring evening tour.

Tours are free and open to the public, but spaces are limited, so please RSVP to reserve your place. 

Tours meet meet at the north east corner of Curtis and 14th streets at the artwork: All Together Now near The Corner Office.

May 17, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.
June 7, 2018 - 5:30 p.m.

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Denver Art Museum and Denver Public Library Campus Public Art and Architecture Tour

This tour covers a broad array of contemporary public artworks near the Denver Art Museum. The tour will focus on the contemporary works outside of the Denver Public Library and the Denver Art Museum. From an oversized broom to abstract sculpture, this tour explores the outdoor art of the Denver Art Museum. Tour will be led by Public Art Docent, Annie Bacon. Tour meets in front of the Denver Art Museum at 100 W. 14th Ave Pkwy.

The Denver Art Museum and Denver Public Library tours will return after Denver Art Museum construction is complete in 2019!

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Cherry Creek Trail Urban Arts Fund Bike Mural Tour

The Urban Arts Fund Program continues to install and highlight incredible murals along the Cherry Creek Trail. This past summer, beautiful, cosmopolitan, street-smart murals blossomed everywhere, as teams of artists painted along the Cherry Creek, thanks to the funding from the city’s Urban Arts Fund graffiti-prevention program. Individual collaborators include local artists Jaime Molina, Pedro Barrios and Joseph Martinez to international artists such as Brazil’s Bruno Novelli, Claudio Ethos (Ethos), Alexandre Orion, and Alex Hornest (Onesto). Tour will be led by Mary Valdez, Public Art Administrator. The tour will meet outside of REI (1416 Platte St.) at the Denver B-cycle area east of store.  Bring your own bike, helmet and water. Participants will be required to sign a waiver.

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Downtown Denver Public Art Bicycle Tour

The popular and free Denver public art bicycle tours return in 2018. The tours will last approximately two hours, with a distance of almost three miles making use of available bike routes and paths.

*All participants are required to wear appropriate safety gear, including a helmet. Participants must sign a release form and will need to provide their own bike, water, food and repair kits.

Led by Public Art Administrator, Rudi Cerri. Tour highlights include artwork at Denver Skate Park, Commons Park, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Colorado Convention Center.

Tours are free and open to the public, but spaces are limited, so please RSVP to reserve your place.

Tours meet at City of Cuernavaca Park, located at 3500 Rockmont Dr, at the pavilion across from the parking lot.

May 27, 2018 - 10 a.m.

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Denver Airport Public Art Tour

Denver International Airport has one of the best public art collections in the country. Take this tour and learn all the inside secrets. The tours meet at the Jeppesen Statue in the center of the Great Hall.

2018 dates coming soon!

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Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Denver Performing Arts Complex Public Art Tour

The Denver Performing Arts Complex (DPAC) is one of the most impressive performing arts centers in the world, featuring 10 performance spaces connected by an 80-foot-tall glass canopy and world-class art to match. Participants will learn about Stephen Batura’s epic mural “Rehearsal” in the Ellie Caulkins Opera House, with its fascinating characters and scintillating stories. John DeAndrea’s hyper-realistic sculptures will make you look twice – are those ballerinas breathing? Get a new perspective on Jonathan Borofsky’s “Dancers” in the DPAC Sculpture Park by standing directly underneath the 60-foot sculptures. The tours will meet at the entrance to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House on Curtis and 14th streets.

2018 dates:
July 22
Aug. 12

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Civic Center Park Public Art and History Tour

This tour covers a broad array of historical and contemporary public artworks in Denver. Beginning with the classic 20th century bronze sculptures of Alexander Proctor's On the War Trail and Broncho Buster, as well as the intriguing landscape and architecture of Civic Center Park. 

From 'Cowboys and Indians' to a big red chair with a miniature horse, this tour displays the evolution of public art in and around Denver's Civic Center. Tours will be led by docent Paul Pelegrin. 

Tours are free and open to the public, but spaces are limited, so please RSVP to reserve your place. 

Tours meet at McNichols Civic Center Building, 144 W. Colfax Ave.

May 12, 10 a.m.

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Civic Center Eats and Civic Center Park Public Art Tour

Celebrate Denver's past and present at Civic Center Park!

This tour covers a broad array of historical and contemporary public artworks in Denver, from the classic 20th century bronze sculptures of Alexander Proctor's On the War Trail and Broncho Buster, to the zodiac sculptures of Ai Weiwei. From 'Cowboys and Indians' to a big red chair with a miniature horse, this tour displays the evolution of public art in and around Denver's Civic Center. This tour is hosted by Public Art Docent Karen Ray.

July 16 - 10 a.m.

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Ai Weiwei "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" Tour

This tour explores Ai Weiwei's "Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads” at Sea Lions Fountain. Tour will be led by Public Art Docent, Djamila Ricciardi and meets in front of the McNichols Building 144 W. Colfax Ave.

The tour will conclude with an exploration of Ai Weiwei: Art & Social Change on the first floor of the McNichols Civic Center Building. This exhibition showcases the history of “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads,” the life and work of Ai Weiwei, and his importance as a contemporary artist and advocate for social justice and human rights.

Attendees are also encouraged to view the two exhibitions on display at the McNichols Building.

May 25, 2018 - 1 p.m.

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City Park Sunset Tour

Join Denver Public Art docent Karen Ray in a loop around the Denver Public Art collection in City Park. This tour will start and end at Kent Ullberg's "Snowmastodon" in the northwest coorner of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Tour participants will visit roughly half a dozen artworks including the historical sculptures, fountains and gateways of City Park. The tour will include Avian Frontlocated along the south end of the Denver Zoo.

We will end with a stunning view of the sunset at 8:19 p.m. on May 29 and at 8:31 on June 21, which is the summer solstice!

May 29, 2018 - 6:30 p.m.
June 21 - 6:30 p.m.

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Help us celebrate Denver Public Art's 30th anniversary by photographing our collection on your tour. Use the hashtag #DenverPublicArt30 to participate in our photo challenge.

You can always photograph any piece of the collection, but here are the upcoming monthly themes:
• May: Memorials and Statues, and Asian and Pacific American History and Heritage
• June: Summer Time Art (Picnics and Park Fun), and Find Art in Your Neighborhood
• July: Denver International Airport Collection, and Light or Kinetic Art
• August: Urban Arts Fund, and Indoor Art
• September: Latino and Hispanic History and Heritage

For Denver Public Art Tour questions, please contact:  
Rudi Cerri at [email protected] or 720-865-5562
Brendan Picker at [email protected] or 720-865-5563

PHONECASTS
Denver's Public Art Program is offering Public Art Phonecasts of our most popular artworks. From any phone, dial 1-877-336-2787 (1-877-DEN-ARTS) to hear short interviews with the artists talking about their works.