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 nearly 350 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: Sundays, 6/25, and 7/16, 2 p.m.

With Rosalie Martin

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. Tours will be led by Arts & Venues Public Art Docent, Rosalie Martin. 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.

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Final Fridays Golden Triangle Public Art Tour: Fridays, 6/30, 7/28, 9/29 at 6 p.m.

With Brendan Picker

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 Administrator, Brendan Picker, and ends at the Art Hotel for drinks and to discuss the artworks we just saw. The tour meets in front of the McNichols Building 144 W. Colfax Ave.

More Golden Triangle Final Friday Events

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Burns Park Public Art Tour: Wednesday, 7/12, 6 p.m.

With Rosalie Martin

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

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City Park Public Art Tour: Wednesdays, 6/14 and 7/19, 5:30 p.m.

With Rosalie Martin

Tour participants will visit roughly half a dozen artworks including the historical 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 at 17th Avenue and City Park Esplanade.

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Commons Park Public Art Tour: Wednesday, 6/21, 5:30

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.

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14th Street Public Art Tour: Tuesdays, 5/23, 6/27, 7/18, 8/22, 5:30 p.m.

With Brendan Picker

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. The tour will meet at the northeast corner of Curtis and 14th streets at the artwork: “All Together Now.” 

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Civic Center Public Art and History Tour: Wednesday, 6/21 and Thursday, 9/21, 6 p.m.

With Sharon Miller

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. Tour will be led by Public Art Docent, Sharon Miller. The tour meets in front of the McNichols Civic Center Building 144 W. Colfax Ave.

(Limited to 15 people) RSVP.

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Denver Art Museum and Denver Public Library Campus Public Art and Architecture Tour: Sundays, 6/11, 6/25, 7/9, 7/23, 8/13, 10 a.m.

With Annie Bacon

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.

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Union Station History and Public Art Tour: Saturdays, 6/10, 6/24, 7/8, 7/22, 8/12, 10 a.m.

With Annie Bacon

Explore the art and history of Denver’s Union Station. Meet in front of Union Station to appreciate one of Denver’s best historical renovations. Appreciate the range of public art and historical stories. The tours will meet at in front of Union Station and will be led by Public Art Docent, Annie Bacon.

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Cherry Creek Trail Urban Arts Fund Bike Mural Tour: 7/16, 8/13, 9/10 – 3-4:30 p.m.

With Mary Valdez

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.

(Limited to 15 people) RSVP

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Downtown Denver Public Art Bicycle Tour – Sunday, 6/4 and Sunday, 9/10, 10 a.m.-noon

Wiht Rudi Cerri

Led by Public Art Administrator, Rudi Cerri, this tour’s highlights include artwork at Denver Skate Park, Commons Park, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Colorado Convention Center. The tour meets at City of Cuernavaca Park, located at 20th and Platte streets, at the pavilion across from the parking lot.Bring your own bike, helmet and water. Participants will be required to sign a waiver.(Limited to 15 people) RSVP.

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Denver Airport Public Art Tour – Fridays, 6/2, 7/7, 8/4, noon-1:30 p.m

With Carolyn Bendel

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.

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Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Denver Performing Arts Complex Public Art Tour - Sunday, 6/4, Saturday, 8/12, 10 a.m.

With Kirsty Saalfrank and Sundays, 7/9 and 9/10, 11 a.m. – Djamila Ricciardi

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. Tours will be led by Arts & Venues Public Art Docents, Kirsty Saalfrank and Djamila Ricciardi. The tours will meet at the entrance to the Ellie Caulkins Opera House on Curtis and 14th streets.

(Limited to 15 people) RSVP.

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RiNo – A Tour of Creative Businesses, Public Art and Murals – Wednesday, 8/16, 6 p.m. (meet at 3240 Larimer St.), Saturday, 8/19, 3 p.m. (meet at RedLine) and Saturday, 8/19 6 p.m. (meet at 3240 Larimer St.)

With Laura Phelps Rogers

This tour will cover the history of this once “gritty” neighborhood to the current transformation into an art-making destination. With a focus on the development of the area, including architectural and community stories, the tour will make stops at Redline, Platte Forum, “Trade Deficit” by Joe Reiche, Dada Bar, Processus, several murals, Central Market, and 3240 Design, where Laura Phelps rogers creates her public artworks. The tour will end at a local watering hole for continued conversation over food and/or drinks. 
 

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

SELF GUIDED TOURS
It might sound like science-fiction, but it's called Augmented Reality, and it's the addition of information to the world around you. Using a free program on your iPhone, Android or other smartphone, you can see public art points of interest as layers on top of the world you see. Find out more...

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.