In 1988, Denver established a Public Art Program as an Executive Order, under Mayor Federico Pena. Federico must have been a great supporter of the Arts, as his order meant that 1% of any capital improvement project over $1 million (undertaken by the City) be set aside for the inclusion of art in the design and construction of these projects.
Nice one Federico. Today, the City of Denver has over 150 works of art directly attributed to the project. The Public Art program is run by the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs and is overseen by the Denver Commission on Cultural Affairs.
Note: The list of Denver’s Public Art can be found below the photo gallery.
Public Art List:
Ballerinas sculpture; Broncho Buster statue; Civil War Monument; Closing Era sculpture; Colorado Veterans Monument; Cowboy Playing Guitar mural; Denver Liberty Bell; Denver Moo; Denver Town Hall Bell; Enduring Najavo sculpture; Gossip sculpture; Joe P Martinez Memorial, Kenneth Macintosh statue; Kettle Arcade Mural; Old Prospector statue; On The War Trail statue; Pioneer Monument; Plumb Bob in Janus Head sculpture; Mile-hi Sertoma Club plaque; National Western statue; Richard Pinhorn Memorial; Sadie M Likens Memorial; Soft Landing sculpture; Ten Commandments; Untitled; Voorhies Memorial Seal Pond ;