Public Art Commission

The Public Art Commission (PAC) is responsible for the City of Golden’s Art in Public Places Program. Public art creates a vibrant atmosphere that contributes to the quality and cultural identity of our community. It is inspired by a variety of goals including encouraging cultural expression and inspiring a sense of civic pride.

Artists bring a unique perspective to the built and natural landscape of our City and create memorable spaces for residents, businesses, and visitors. Enhancing the character of community through public art directly supports cultural tourism and economic development.

The PAC has the responsibility of promoting, selecting, acquiring and maintaining public art in the fulfillment of the City’s Art in Public Places program.

Opportunities for Artists and the Community

Do you have a great idea for public art in Golden? We want to hear from you. The PAC reviews proposals for art from the community and artists every April and October. Schedule a meeting with a Steve Glueck via email at sglueck@cityofgolden.net to go over to your public art ideas. For more details read the Public Art Proposal Form pdf download.

Sign up for our mailing list to receive email alerts from the PAC about other opportunities.

PAC News

  • Want to learn more about our public art collection? The PAC teamed up with Arts Management and Planning Associates to commission a conditions and maintenance report. This helpful report provides pictures and maintenance cost estimates for each piece. You can find the report under the helpful documents portion of our page.
  • Mark your calendars for upcoming PAC meetings! The 2017 meeting calendar pdf download also shows a listing of topics that might be discussed at the meetings.

Public Art Commission Approves New Buffalo Rock Sculpture

Buffalo Sculpture Shoshone SpiritDuring the April 6 Public Art Commission (PAC) meeting, the PAC voted unanimously to accept a new art piece (pictured left) on loan entitled “Shoshone Spirit” by Golden rock sculpture artist, Bill Gee.  It is planned to be located along the Clear Creek trail in late May.

 

 

Rocky Mountain Hummer Sculptor Scheduled for Installation

Golden’s newest and highly anticipated public art piece, Rocky Mountain Hummer, will soon welcome visitors as they enter the S. Golden Rd. at Ulysses St. roundabout near King Soopers. Metal sculptor, Don Kennell, was selected by the Public Art Commission (PAC) last fall to create a public art piece for this location. The 15-foot hummingbird sculpture is a patchwork of bright blue, green and purple sheets of steel and upcycled car hoods, pounded and wielded into an elegant avian form.

Don Kennell is a metal sculptor artist from Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is known for his monumental sculptures of animals and birds using recycled materials. Kennell draws inspiration from nature. He believes the connection between animals and humans is inspirational and this idea is captured in his artistic approach.

An artist Meet and Greet event will be held on April 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Foothills Art Center located at 809 15th Street, in Golden. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet Kennell and learn about his inspiration and process for creating the Rocky Mountain Hummer sculpture through a short presentation. The event is free to the public and light refreshments will be provided.

Installation of the Rocky Mountain Hummer is scheduled for April 20, weather permitting. Community members are invited to view the installation from parking areas north of the roundabout and are encouraged to take a drive through the roundabout once the installation is complete.

New Public Art Along Clear Creek

The Clear Creek Trail behind the Golden Public Library is now home to 12, 2’ by 2’ diamond shaped medallions created by Roberto Delgado. The tiles feature more than 50 images of Goldenites past and present, historical pictures and news clippings, and photos of the community’s beautiful natural landscape. See the picture below to see an example of the new tiles.

Update on Deaccession of Select Art Pieces

Background
On Thursday, May 5, 2016 the Public Art Commission (PAC) held a public hearing to get community feedback on the potential deaccession of 6 artworks. The public art pieces were being considered for removal because they were created without the consent of the original artist. At the May meeting the PAC heard comments from more than 20 citizens and reviewed emails from another 40 citizens. The PAC was appreciative of the feedback, and took citizen’s comments into consideration when making a final decision. Considering the public support in favor of keeping the statues, the PAC made the best decision for the community, while ensuring that the City of Golden is not breaking any copyright laws.

At the May meeting the commission obtained a legal opinion to get more information about the liability the City of Golden might encounter by having these particular statues on display. The City of Golden legal counsel got an opinion from a Denver based intellectual property lawyer.

On June 2 the PAC convened to discuss the legal opinion. The City of Golden attorney was present to answer any questions posed by commission members. The legal opinion mentioned that the City could face unfavorable legal actions by having the statues on display. The commission thought it was in the best interest of the community and the City to get a second opinion regarding the authenticity of the specific pieces in order to make the most informed decision.

Determination
During Nov. 3, 2016 PAC meeting, PAC members voted on the fate of the artworks. Knowing the sentimental value the public art pieces provide Golden’s citizens and visitors, PAC members voted to retain all four of the donated art pieces (Brother and Sister at the Rodeo, Eddie at Bat, Two Deer, and Victorian Dress-Up) in the collection, and to return two on loan pieces (Kids Sledding and Bear and Two Cubs).  These artworks are located along the Clear Creek Corridor. (You can view these and other artworks in Golden on our Public Art page). The decision is scheduled to be reviewed in ten years, or if a piece is damaged or destroyed

Learn more about this topic by reading the Plan for Collection Review pdf download.

Helpful Documents

Meetings

The Public Art Commission meets the first Thursday of each month at City Council Chambers, 911 10th Street, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. These meeting are open to the public.

To view agendas of upcoming meetings or view minutes or stream audio of meetings, visit our Agenda, Minutes, Web Casts, Schedule page.

To view archived agendas and minutes from meetings prior to June 2015, please visit our Document Center.

For more information call (303) 384-8080.

Commissioners

The Commission is comprised of seven members, five of whom are citizen representatives.

Commission Member Term Ends
Julie Behrens April 2017
Susan De Camp April 2019
Hassan Najjar – Foothills Art Center April 2019
Emilie Lewis April 2019
Sandra Llanes – Golden Civic Foundation April 2017
Kurt Siegfried April 2017
Kristie Brice April 2017

 

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 Golden has 402 acres of open space
and maintains 253 acres of parks right within the city itself.

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