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Art in Public Places Celebrates the Addition of More Than 60 Art Pieces in 2020

Released on Tuesday, January 12, 2021
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  • BirdsEye Transformer Cabinet Mural by Ren Burke.
  • In Praise of the Poudre by Andy Dufford and Chevo Studios shown at night.
  • In Praise of the Poudre by Andy Dufford and Chevo Studios.

2020 saw the addition of the following art projects to the City of Fort Collins’s art collection:

The City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places (APP) program worked with local artists to create over 50 murals throughout Fort Collins in 2020. APP hired artists to create murals on transformer cabinets, pianos, concrete barriers, and walls that inspire the community and kept us connected.

  • Collaborating with the Engineering, Streets, and Traffic Operation departments, The Jason and Lucy Greer Foundation for the Arts and Downtown Fort Collins Creative District, APP hired local artists to paint 15 temporary murals on the concrete barriers defining outdoor dining areas throughout the downtown.
  • As part of the Vibrant Neighborhoods Grant Program, artist Kristen Vohs created a mural on the 190'-long south wing walls of the Turnberry underpass, located on the southeast corner of Turnberry and Richards Lake Roads. Vibrant Forest by Kristen Vohs is a collaboration between the City of Fort Collins Neighborhood Services Department, APP, and the Maple Hill Neighborhood HOA. Over 140 community members volunteered to help paint the mural.
  • Thirteen pianos were painted with murals and placed around town for the community to play and enjoy as part of the 10th year of Pianos About Town Program. Among this year’s creations are a rainforest-inspired mural by the Creative Kids’ Collective art group and a bee-themed mural by Colombian artist Zulay Rueda.
  • Murals were painted on 28 transformer cabinets in the 15th year of our Transformer Cabinet Mural program. Artists have painted murals on 320 utility cabinets as part of this project that brings art to the community and has a high success rate in mitigating graffiti, saving money in abatement costs.

Andy Dufford and Chevo Studios installed In Praise of the Poudre at the northwest corner of Willow and Linden Streets as part of the Willow Streetscape Project. Four hand-carved granite columns feature carvings of the plants, animals, insects, and landforms found around, within, and below the Cache la Poudre River. Each column has an illuminated surface that evokes reflections on the surface of water.

Joe McGrane added five complementary concrete and mosaic benches to his Butterfly Bouquet sculpture located at the to the Butterfly Pavilion at the Gardens on Spring Creek. The bench mosaics depict native wildflowers and are placed inside the Gardens, near the visitors’ center.

Thanks to support of the Poudre Heritage Alliance, Downtown Development Authority and other community donors, John Davis installed the Heritage Gateway sculpture along the Poudre Trail in the Poudre River Whitewater Park. It teaches visitors about the history and importance of the Cache la Poudre River, and its impacts on agriculture, industry, and recreation in Fort Collins.

Since 2002, APP has worked with the City of Fort Collins Engineering and Streets Departments to incorporate granite pavers sandblasted with drawings by community youth, aged from 3 to 18, into City sidewalks. In 2020, fifteen selected drawings were installed, for a total of 258 pavers throughout the city.

In 2020, APP also added a selection of self-guided art tours to its website, Keep up to date with the program on the website and on Instagram @focoart. You can also find all the public art in the APP collection on the City’s GIS mapping system