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Art in Public Places

 Visual Arts Newsletters

Art in Public Places – Celebrating 25 Years

Downtown Barrier Murals

The City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places and Engineering Department - in collaboration with the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District, and the Jason and Lucy Greer Foundation for the Arts - are hiring local artists to paint temporary murals on the concrete barriers around outdoor dining areas throughout downtown.

Thanks to Downtown ACE Hardware for their generous donation of paint for the murals.

Chris Bates

Beau Jo's east barriers

Mural Design

Ren Burke

Pour Brothers Community Tavern
to Blind Pig Pub

Mural Design

Chelsea Ermer

The Reserve by Old Elk Distillery

Mural Design

Katie Fahrenbruch

Sushi Plus

Mural Design

Carla Gamboa

Bistro Nautile

Mural Design

Beth Lighthouse

Beau Jo's west barriers

Mural Design

Shawna Turner

Rio Grande
Mexican Restaurant

Mural Design

Gale Whitman

Blind Pig Pub
to Pour Brothers Community Tavern

Mural Design

Pianos About Town

Pianos About Town
 

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. We currently in our 10th season! 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

Transformer Cabinet Murals
 

The Transformer Cabinet Mural Project was started in 2006 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!

New Art at the Poudre River Whitewater Park

New Art at the Poudre River Whitewater Park
 

The sculpture, titled Heritage Gateway, was recently installed at the Poudre River Whitewater Park along the Poudre Trail across from Whitewater, the wave shelter located on the south bank of the river. Both works were created by Art in Public Places (APP) artist John Davis.

 Thanks to support provided by the Poudre Heritage Alliance, Downtown Development Authority and other community donors, visitors to the park can now learn about the history and importance of the Cache la Poudre River, and its long-lasting impacts on agriculture, industry and recreation in Fort Collins.

Art at the Poudre River Whitewater Park

Whitewater by John Davis
 

Whitewater by John Davis is inspired by water rapids and the associated whitewater that is created by the bubbles generated as water crashes against the rocks and boulders. It creates a connection between the overlook plaza and rapids below. The curving “wave” shapes of the structure mimic the waves of water in the rapids of the Cache la Poudre River below.

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Art on the Fossil Creek Trail

Art on the Fossil Creek Trail
 

Sphere by Stephen Shachtman is inspired by its location near the historic site of the brick kilns and just southwest of the recreation bike trail and railroad track. The oversized sphere made from 903 brick-like pieces of flagstone plays off the scale of the site and the nearby tunnel, appearing to be the same size as the tunnel opening.

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Art at Riverside And Mulberry

Art at Riverside And Mulberry
 

Mountain Openings, Colorado artist Robert Tully's sculptures located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Mulberry Street and Riverside Avenue is now illuminated.

It is made up of sculptures ranging from 20 to 6 feet. They can be found in groupings that start on the corner and continue north down Riverside and are inspired by sandstone cliffs in the valley where Highway 14 splits from 287. The sculptures include both man-made and natural elements, combining about 140 tons of local buff sandstone with metal accents. The piece is illuminated at night.

Landscaping will finish the design of the corner this spring. 

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In-Progress Projects

2020 Piano Muralists

2020 Transformer Muralists