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Art in Public Places Program - A Year in Review

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The City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places Program completed a number of noteworthy projects in 2016, adding to its diverse collection of public art projects located throughout Fort Collins. High resolution images are available by request.

222 Laporte Avenue

Denver-based artist Any Dufford of Chevo Studios created two artworks for the new City of Fort Collins administration building at 222 Laporte. The first work, “The Water We Share,” is the two-story column adjacent to main entrance. This artwork highlights the Poudre River watershed. The imagery represents a section of the Poudre just to the west of town. On the western face, carvings trace the journey of water from snow melt to runoff and river. At night, the thread of the river is illuminated by LED lighting. The other art element is “Power Grid” – a series of wall reliefs located at the front of the building. Three major wall designs each reveal and highlight the processes of power generation through one source—coal, wind, and sun. In each composition, the designs trace that power from its origin, following the journey as that energy is transformed into electricity.

The Evergreen, Colorado, artist team of Michael Shields and Keeley Musgrave created the artworks for the interior of the building. They created stained glass windows for the east and west stairwells, symbolizing both water and energy. In the Lobby, a wall hung piece and sculptural wall extension are both made with glass, sandstone, metal, and utility components selected by the artists from the Utility supply warehouse. The grid pattern of the wall‐hung piece is taken directly from a detail section of a map of the City and the wall extension is influenced by mountains, rivers, and terrain surrounding the City. In the North Lobby a sculptural wall‐hung piece depicts a topographical pattern representing Horsetooth Reservoir and the foothills to the West.

Community Recycling Center — Timberline Road

Fort Collins artists Tim Upham and Todd Kundla collaborated to create “tri•cy•cle” a 28' high sculpture designed to serve as a marker and wayfinding for the new City of Fort Collins Community Recycling Center located on Timberline Road. Incorporating recycled green, blue and clear glass bottles and City light poles, tri•cy•cle represents earth, water and air. The design pays homage to Gary Anderson who created the original recycle graphic in 1970.

Northside Aztlan Community Center

As part of the City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places program, local artist Lisa Cameron Russell painted a new mural in the east entry hallway of the Northside Aztlan Community Center. The mural highlights fall foliage as seen outside the window—bringing warm colors into the interior of the building to be appreciated all year round.

Pianos About Town Project

This is the sixth season of the Pianos About Town Program. Twelve artists/groups painted piano murals this year. Artists included Drake Arnold, Ren Burke, CSU AR235, Jaime Gastelle, Carla Gamboa, Amy Heyse, Elena Pires, Marilyn Robinson, Maryl Saxton, Werner Schreiber, Anne Thouthip, and Gale Whitman.

Tavelli Multi-Use Path - Lindenmeier Road (Lemay), south of Tavelli Elementary School

This new path and crosswalk allows students from neighborhoods on both sides of Lindenmeier to safely walk and bike to Tavelli Elementary School. Local artist Susan K. Daily created five pavers for the new, multi-use path and crosswalk near Tavelli Elementary. The new path and crosswalk allow students from neighborhoods to safely walk and bike to Tavelli Elementary School. Susan Dailey’s tiles feature local history topics including the trolley line to Lindenmeier Ranch Lake and Dance Pavilion (a popular picnic spot for early Fort Collins residents) and a Buffalo herd that used to be pastured along the NE side of the lake very near the Tavelli School. Three other pavers celebrate the schools focus on health and movement; students walking, jogging and biking to and from school.

Transformer Cabinet Mural Project

Fifteen artists and three non-profit organizations painted utility cabinets as part of the 2016 Transformer Cabinet Mural Program. The project started in 2006 as a collaborative effort between the City of Fort Collins Utilities Light and Power and the Art in Public Places Program to help mitigate graffiti on transformer cabinets and bring art into the community. The project has enjoyed great success in lowering maintenance costs and brings original artwork by local artists to unexpected places in the city. It has been replicated in many cities across the state and country.

Transformer cabinet artists who completed murals in 2016 include: Jenna Allen; Chris Bates; Ren Burke; Amelia Caruso; Katherine Collier; Cynthia Danielle; Alison Dickson; Diane Findley; Susannah Franklin; Jennifer Ivanovic; Teddi Parker; Werner Schreiber; Larry Tucci; Shawna Turner; Gale Whitman; as well as staff, clients, and volunteers from the Northern Colorado AIDS Project, Center for Family Outreach, and students from Poudre Community Academy.

The City of Fort Collins established the Art in Public Places (APP) program in 1995. There are currently 232 Transformer Cabinet Murals, over 75 Pianos About Town Murals, 265 Pedestrian Pavers, and over 100 other projects in the collection—and more are on the way! For more information on the APP collection, please go to