Public Art in the News


If you're near the Denver City and County Building, keep an ear out for Kevin Padworski playing the chimes.

Colorado Public Radio
Friday, Nov. 18, 2016
Kevin Padrowski on what he hopes you take away from his forthcoming chimes composition... The Colorado musician is currently working on a new composition the city's Denver Arts & Venues has commissioned as public art.

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Rhapsody in Blucifer

Confluence Denver
Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016
by Gregory Daurer

Both loved and reviled, Mustang (a.k.a. "Blucifer") was a source of controversy, even before the statue's installation outside at Denver International Airport. Confluence Denver takes a closer look at Luis Jiménez's final work of art -- which led directly to his death.

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Madeline & The Marbleous Bench People - Denver7

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2016

Colorado sculptor Madeline Wiener is about to unveil her latest incarnation of Bench People at the Denver Botanic Gardens. "Flower Girl" was crafted from a 26,000-lb. block of Yule marble & will open in the Sensory Garden October 1. But Madeline's true legacy is that she's the founder of the Marble/marble sculpting symposium 28 years ago.

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How can public art be preserved and shared?

Christian Science Monitor
Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016
By Donna Bryson

Artists, curators, and custodians of public art around the world are tackling the challenge of ensuring the names and stories behind the work are preserved and shared... Denver has made docents out of artists like Jim Green. Mr. Green, who works with sound, is among the dozen or so who have recorded interviews. An art lover can stand on a downtown Denver street, dial 877-DENARTS, and hear Green’s story of a man who knelt on the sidewalk to hear one of Green’s recordings emanating from grates.

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Why the latest graffiti on the Cherry Creek trail made me mad

Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2016
By Ryan Haarer

A 9NEWS photographer came into the staff meeting Wednesday morning and told us about his morning commute on the Cherry Creek trail. He spotted fresh paint on a wall under the train at Wewatta Street. Graffiti... The Denver Urban Arts Fund aims to commission artwork like Oliver Vernon’s to prevent public places from being tagged. Let’s hope the newest project has that impact.
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'City Of The Sun': What Inspired This Denver Public Art Mural

By: Corey H. Jones
Friday, July 15 2016

Colorado artist Gemma Danielle still uses the same compass she got in high school geometry class.Back then, she didn’t like math. But nearly 20 years later, math helps guide her creative work. The artist even builds bigger compasses and uses them to create wall murals, including one that recently received national recognition.The public art piece is called “City of the Sun.”... Danielle spent more than a month on this piece last year. The city of Denver commissioned the mural as part of its Urban Arts Fund, a graffiti prevention program that started eight years ago.

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Mural on Cherry Creek path in Denver wins national arts award

By: Anica Padilla
Monday, July 4 2016

A mural painted along the Cherry Creek bike path in Denver has won a national arts award.The mural by Gemma Danielle is called “City of the Sun.”It features a gold mandala on a blue background. Multiple gold stars radiate out from the mandala, connected with white, intersecting lines which form countless triangles.


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La Raza Park public art dedication

Denver Post
By: Patrick Traylor
Sunday, June 19, 2016

Carlos Castaneda stands during a mural dedication at La Raza Park on Sunday, June 20, 2016. The Denver Arts and Venue' public art program in conjunction with Grupo Tlaloc Danza Azteca dedicated a mural titled "El Viaje/The Journey" by artist David Ocelotl.

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Artscene Episode 7 - Wonderbound and The Bridge Project

ArtScene - Denver 8 TV
Monday, May 2, 2016

On this month’s ArtScene, we are joined by the incredible dance company, Wonderbound, plus Art Students League of Denver instructor Tom Mazzullo. We’ll also look at some non-traditional public art with The Bridge Project.

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American art essay: People in Colorado love to argue about art

Denver Post
Sunday, Dec. 27, 2015
By Ray Mark Rinaldi

The best thing about living in the West is that people still argue about art... They've enjoyed every minute of the public battle over the blue "Mustang" sculpture at DIA.

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The Front Range's most important cultural moments of 2015

Denver Post
Friday, Dec. 25, 2015
By Ray Mark Rinaldi

Denver Post Fine Arts CriticTopping the year's list of key moments: A deal at DAM, a new library in West Denver and a bet on the future of the Stock Show... The number of murals exploded in Denver this year, and so did the quality of work, transforming neighborhoods and improving the urban journey for those of us who travel by them every day. Seek out the terrific new pieces from creative minds such as Gemma Danielle Bayly (mural above), Anthony Garcia, Caleb Hahne, Sandra Fettingis, Scott Albrecht and Hyland Mather.

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Denver's Urban Art: Jaime & Pedro

Fellow Magazine
Monday, Nov. 9, 2015
By Rachel Ridings
Photography by Kate Rolston

From spray to acrylic, stencil to freestyle, legal and not-so-much, Denver’s urban art scene is erupting. Over the past few years, Denver residents have seen what was once considered a fairly low-brow community rise and take ownership of the streets. There are murals and pieces showing up on walls daily, some commissioned by the city itself, some privately and some not commissioned at all. This urban art scene is alive and well, thanks to a growing base of painters and shifting public views. What was once considered destructive is slowly becoming artwork: the city and its local businesses are wanting their walls painted, and a community of rising Denver stars are all making it happen.

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A Mindful Bridge' dedicated over I-25

9News, KUSA
Monday, Oct. 5, 2015
By Claire Sisun

The Colorado Center Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge over Interstate 25 was dedicated "A Mindful Bridge..." The bridge near I-25 and Evans Avenue was the site of an art installation provided by Denver's Public Art Program. Two artists from North Carolina, Jim Hirschfield and Sonya Ishii, installed stainless steel disks on the interior of the bridge. The disks contain quotes about the experiences of people walking and cycling across the bridge.

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Dance: Lemon Sponge Cake angles toward outdoors

The Denver Post
Friday, Oct. 2, 2015
By John Wenzel

Despite his full schedule as a choreographer and dancer, both in Boulder and in Europe, Lemon Sponge Cake Ballet founder Robert Sher-Machherndl doesn't perform much along the Front Range. That changes this weekend with his latest premiere, "White Mirror," the first dance piece commissioned by Denver's Public Art program.

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Why Denver Commissioned A Piece Of Public Art You'll Only See Once

Colorado Public Radio
Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015
By Corey H. Jones

You know the big blue bear that peers into the Colorado Convention Center? The newest piece of public art commissioned by the City of Denver is nothing like that. On Sunday, you'll see why: It's a dance called “White Mirror” and will take place only once, at 6:30 p.m. in Babi Yar Park in southeast Denver.

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Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015
By Candice Thompson

This week, we are all about tights, leotards, and satin shoes with dance you can enjoy for free and from anywhere... If you live in the Rockies, pack a picnic and bring your lawn chairs for a presentation of dance as public art this weekend. White Mirror, choreographed by Robert Sher-Machherndl of Lemon Sponge Cake Contemporary Ballet will feature Lemon Sponge Cake dancers and collaborator, Sharon Wehner, Principal Dancer with Colorado Ballet, as it memorializes the thousands of Jews, Gypsies, Ukrainians and others that were brutally murdered from 1941 to 1943 at the Babi Yar ravine near Kiev, Ukranine during World War II.

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Snake mural captures contrast of Denver

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015
By Brandon Rittiman

Just below the booming heart of Denver, Jason Garcia wraps up days of painstaking work that's all about contrast. Along the Cherry Creek bike path near the convention center, his 50-foot mural of a towering bull snake contrasts the location in the heart of the city with the natural features of the creek.

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