Denver Arts & Venues, in conjunction with City Councilmembers Paul D. López and Jolon Clark, and artist Anthony Garcia, Sr. of Birdseed Collective, is proud to announce the latest addition to the Denver Public Art collection: “Crossroads / Encrucijada.”
What: Denver Arts & Venues Public Art dedication of “Crossroads / Encrucijada”
When: Thursday, Aug. 23, 6:30-8 p.m.
Where: Comfort Suites Near Denver Downtown (620 Federal Blvd.)
“Crossroads / Encrucijada” marks the intersection of 6th Avenue and Federal Boulevard with four brightly colored monuments, one at each corner. With patterns reminiscent of serapes, each piece also bears bronze sconces with cutout chevron designs lit with solar powered LED lights.
The title of the artwork was deliberate, as was the serape theme. “This installation acts as a “crossroad” or “gateway” into this culturally diverse community area of Barnum, Villa Park, Valverde and Sun Valley,” explains artist Anthony Garcia, Sr. “The free-floating look of the “serape” and meaning incorporates intricate designs which represent how communities are strong and free to express emotions and ideas while still feeling protected. The outer bronze designs represent strength within the community and how a strong forefront protects its people.”
The artwork spans both City Council Districts 3 and 7, which are divided by Federal Boulevard.
“The vintage style and vibrant colors of Anthony Garcia's "Crossroads / Encrucijada" is a true reflection of Denver's Federal Boulevard and its surrounding neighborhoods,” says Councilperson Paul D. López. “As an artist from Denver, Anthony Garcia, Sr. captured what makes West Denver unique.”
In addition to comments from the artist, Denver Arts & Venues staff, and Councilmen López and Clark, there will be a reading of a poem by Ara Cruz of Café Cultura. The poem addresses many of the themes that inspired Garcia as well as speaking to the history and culture of the Sun Valley, Villa Park, Barnum, Valverde and surrounding neighborhoods, which are known to many as the Westside. A bronze plaque showcasing the poem will later be added to the artwork.
This event is free and open to the public.
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