GSA Launches Free Public Art Tour in Denver
DENVER, CO -- The U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) Rocky Mountain Region offered a free guided walking tour of its public art at three downtown Denver buildings in September. Works of art include “Irregular Form” by internationally renowned artist Sol LeWitt, “Rocky Mountain Sheep” by artist Gladys Fisher, who lived in Denver, and “Diptych #1 and #2” by Colorado-based artist Daniel Sprick. The tour will provide insight into how government supports public art and offer a look behind the marbled walls of the Byron White Courthouse for many more works of art.
“GSA’s Art in Architecture program commissions the nation's leading artists to place artwork in federal buildings where the public can interact with the pieces,” said Sue Damour, Rocky Mountain Regional Administrator. “This is a great opportunity for GSA to highlight the arts which preserve a unique culture and heritage that shape our country’s legacy.”
The tour was designed for art enthusiasts and those who have little to no experience with art, alike. Highlights include internationally renowned Sol LeWitt’s work of art “Irregular Form.” An expansive, hard-to-miss 36 x 70 foot “wall drawing” featured on the outside of the Alfred A. Arraj U.S. Courthouse. The walk includes Depression-era Treasury Relief Program funded art by artist Gladys Caldwell Fisher featuring two limestone sculptures entitled “Rocky Mountain Sheep.” Attendees will also see works of art by Daniel Sprick, who confounds appearance and reality in his ultra realistic oil paintings.
Since re-launching in 1972, GSA commissioned 408 artworks through the Art in Architecture Program, approximately 35 of which are displayed in GSA’s Rocky Mountain six-state region, and 23 in the Denver-metro area. GSA’s Art in Architecture Program melds the creative work of the finest artists in America with that of the nation’s top architects and construction firms. Together, the art and architecture of federal buildings create a lasting cultural legacy for the people of the United States.
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A sneak peek at some of the art on this tour is available at pinterest.com/usgsa/denver-public-art-tour/