Public Art at the Arts Complex
Denver’s Public Art Program was established in 1988 as an Executive Order under Mayor Federico Peña. The order, enacted into Ordinance by Denver City Council in 1991, directs that 1% of any capital improvement project over $1 million undertaken by the City, be set aside for the inclusion of art. Over the past 30 years these artworks, along with the historic and donated works of art, make up the City’s Public Art Collection. The Public Art Collection, managed by Denver Arts & Venues, has expanded the opportunity for Denver residents to experience art in public places, with more than 400 pieces in the collection.
From Jonathan Borofsky's "Dancers" that look over Sculpture Park from 60 feet above, to the bold and beautiful "Infinite Energy" in the galleria and the Chihuly chandelier that adorns the Ellie Caulkins Opera House lobby, there are so many incredible public art pieces in and around the Arts Complex. Sculptures, paintings, murals, multimedia installations and more, we hope you take a few minutes to explore the collection.