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Have you seen the bear? Or the elk? How about the fireman in bronze? The colorful children on a balance beam? Do you know about the Public Art Program in the City of Westminster? Why not explore the city, find new places and be surprised by the variety of sculpture and murals throughout the community!
The City of Westminster's Public Art Program represents the evolution of public and private investment, consistently high development standards and the continual establishment of partnerships between the city and the development community - enhancing the overall experience of the built environment in Westminster.
More than 100 individual works of art contribute to the overall program, ranging from larger-than-life cast bronzes to kinetic "wind sculpture" and from brick-masonry murals to beautiful frescos. They punctuate spaces ranging from City Hall and other city facilities to commercial centers throughout Westminster. The intent of the program is not to simply embellish architecture, but to integrate art into the fabric of the overall community.
Public spaces, including parks, fire stations, libraries and City Hall, are commonly recognized as locations for public art, based on public ownership and accessibility. Funds from the city's hotel/motel tax-funded Community Enhancement Fund have been used for many of these installations.
Locations that might be a surprise include commercial shopping centers and office parks. Many private installations are driven by the city's requirement that commercial developments greater than 1 acre include public art, while others are voluntary. Residents and visitors alike may find themselves standing in the middle of a mosaic compass, posing to have their photo taken with a majestic elk or simply struck by a pod of dolphins leaping from a fountain. All of the program installations encourage awareness of, and interest in, public art.
Take advantage of this guide to the Public Art Program installations throughout Westminster. Take the time to find works of art in our community that you may have missed. Most of all, experience art, and the city, from a whole new perspective!
Sculpture on 73rd Avenue
Sculpture on 73rd Avenue is the nonprofit South Westminster Arts Group's (SWAG) public art-on-loan program, which provides an annually rotating sculpture garden in the heart of the Historic Westminster Arts District.
SWAG initiated the program in 2010 with grants which funded the installation of sculpture bases and the placement of seven sculptures in the park adjacent to the Rodeo Market Community Arts Center at 3915 W. 73rd Ave.
Each year, seven new public art pieces are selected and the artists receive a $500 honorarium for the loan of their art for a one-year period.
New sculptures are selected by a jury with results from a public open house held each year at the annual Orchard Festival in September where the community is invited to vote on the submitted sculpture choices. The new selection of sculptures are installed by the end of October.
All of the on-loan sculptures are for sale and a 20 percent commission on purchased sculptures is retained by SWAG in order to fund future artist stipends and keep the program going. Three sculptures have been purchased to date.
The city has helped support this program through grant funding and in the development of the Rodeo Market Park, which is home to the Sculpture on 73rd Avenue Sculpture Garden. Further improvements to the park in 2014 have created additional sculpture spaces, allowing for future growth of the program.
The city also encourages developers to purchase artwork through this program in meeting the public art requirements for new development.
National artists are invited to submit to the Sculpture on 73rd Avenue Program through CaFE..
Deadline for submissions is Sept. 17, 2014.
View the 2011-2012 Sculpture on 73rd Avenue sculptures and prices.
Hyland Hills Golf Course
The Orchard Town Center
Shops at Walnut Creek
Standley Lake Area
Westminster City Hall
Westminster City Center Marketplace