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Art in Public Places – Celebrating Over 25 Years#

Paint a Pianos About Town Mural, Deadline February 21#

Becca Black paints a piano in 2022

Becca Black paints a piano in 2022

Art in Public Places, in cooperation with community partners Bohemian Foundation and Downtown Development Authority, seek to involve local artists/teams by commissioning them to work with the Pianos About Town Project team to paint murals or otherwise artistically decorate working pianos. The artists will be required to work on the piano in Old Town or other APP determined location in Fort Collins. The intent of this project is to create the attraction of an artist working on site and to place decorated pianos around the Fort Collins area. The artists/teams are required to develop and submit a visual concept for the mural to be painted and/or decoration to be added to a functioning piano. The Selection Committee will select multiple artists for this project. Selected artists will receive a $1,000 honorarium. Deadline: February 21, 2024 by 5:00 pm.

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Questions About Applying?#

Come to our informational sessions to learn more about the process. 

Virtual Presentation and Q&A
Click here for the recording

This virtual session includes a presentation about the application and review process and program staff answer questions from attendees. 

One-On-One Meetings with Program Staff 
Feb. 14 and 15, 2-6:30 p.m., by appointment 
Sign up for a timeslot here

Staff will be available to meet with applicants one-on-one for up to 30 minutes to review applications and make application recommendations. Staff also will be available to provide general information for applicants who were unable to attend the first information session. 

Have Questions? Contact Liz Good at (970) 416-2646; lgood@fcgov.com.

New Art at the Lemay Avenue and Vine Drive Overpass#

swirl sculpture

Moving, the new sculpture by Colorado artist Joshua Weiner, features a series of 10 large-scale sculptures. Playful swirls and rings extend from the overpass bridge fence and continue into the landscape creating a bold presence against the Colorado sky and apertures to specific views. Rings appear to either roll through the landscape or float in the sky.

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My Fort Collins Brings Art to Transfort#

bus stop kiosk with artwork and ad

The artwork of Allison Ramirez, located at Harmony & Starflower on Route 19.

The intent of this project is to share artists’ unique Fort Collins story with the community.

Keep an eye out for artwork Transfort bus shelters and on buses.

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New Storm Drain Mural Project#

Design by Jessica Crouch

Jessica Crouch's design is shown here. Her mural is located on the west side of Ziegler Road, across from Twin Silo Park.

A partnership with the Stormwater Utility to paint temporary murals on storm drains located throughout the City. The intent of this project is to educate the public regarding the land/water connection to help maintain water quality in local streams and protect our local watershed.

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Celebrating the 400th Transformer Cabinet Mural!#

Terry McNerney Mural Concept

Terry McNerney painting his mural at 3754 Landings Drive.

This year, local artist Terry McNerney has painted the Transformer Cabinet Mural program’s 400th mural. This is McNerney’s fifth cabinet mural to date and his design celebrates the Program’s milestone with whimsical characters in a colorful, birthday party atmosphere. 

Terry has painted the cabinet at 3754 Landings Drive. Please stop by to this amazing new mural!

A Journey of Growth and Transformation at The Gardens#

A Journey of Growth and Transformation

Colorado artist Jodie Bliss has brought her metalworking talent to the Gardens on Spring Creek with a series of sculptures depicting stages of growth and transformation. This installation will be on exhibit at The Gardens through late April 2024.

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Pianos About Town#

children play a painted piano

Pianos About Town is a collaborative effort between the Fort Collins Art in Public Places Program and community partners Bohemian Foundation and the Downtown Development Authority. This exciting project brings together visual art and music for the public to enjoy. For updates and to share your photos and videos of the pianos in action, please visit us on Facebook.

Help us care for the pianos! If you enjoy playing the pianos, help us protect them by closing the keyboard cover after each use and using the attached tarp to cover the piano in times of bad weather and overnight—Thank you!

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Transformer Cabinet Murals#

Larry Tucci painting a transformer cabinet

The Transformer Cabinet Mural Project was started in 2004 as a collaboration between the City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places Program and Utilities Light and Power. Serving as a graffiti abatement program, the murals help lower maintenance costs while adding bright colorful art in unexpected places. The program also helps keep the investment local by utilizing local artists and non-profit groups to paint the cabinets.

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Take a Public Art Tour!#