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Folly

Location: Westminster City Center Marketplace, near east side of Sheridan Boulevard, near about 94th Avenue, south of the Farmers’ High Line Canal.
Artist: Jim and J.J. Sullivan, Denver, Colorado
Year Installed: 1996
How Acquired: Donated by Jim Sullivan
Comments: The following comments were provided by Jim Sullivan, the creator of the folly: “The 'Folly' was inspired by a trip to England and Ireland that our family took in 1996 or 1997. My son, JJ, was studying Greek Mythology at the time. We were impressed with the great influence of Greek Architecture on the world. He came up with the idea of the 'folly' based on what we saw on some of the great estates of Europe. When we returned home to Denver, I was in the process of purchasing some architectural detaining for the Westminster City Center Marketplace project from a Haddon Stone catalogue when he came up with the idea of building our own. We hired a mason to assemble the pieces that we chose from Haddon Stone, and then we went to work with chisels, chains and hammers. The result is from our not to familiar distressing process. At the end of our task, we sprayed the ruin with an aging solution to give it the proper 'aged' appearance. We impressed ourselves with our ability to create an ancient appearance in a few days of hard, dirty work.” There are 35 separate public art pieces at the Westminster City Center Marketplace project.

Westminster Folly

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