City Hall Public Art Project
The inspiration for the City Hall Public Art Project comes from the desire to enhance Northglenn’s emerging city campus through sculpture installation, creating civic pride and cultural conversations through the engagement of art.
The primary public area of the new City Hall will be at the core of the community engagement and day-to-day services such as ballot drop-off, utility billing, building permits, and much more. The primary public area is a large open area partially open to the floor level above and connected to Council Chambers, community event / meeting rooms and the main offices for several city staff and leadership. The community spaces will accommodate meetings, boards and commissions, event rental, and more. Directly adjacent to the City Hall entrance is the new Recreation, Senior Center and Parsons Theatre, Festival Lawn, and Memorial Parkway.
Colorado artist Jodie Bliss, of Bliss Studio Custom Metalworks, has been selected by representatives of the local community, and hired by the NAHF, to design, fabricate, and install public art in the primary public area. Jodie will beintegrated into the design of the building at an early stage to create a cohesiveness between architecture and public art. It is yet to be determined if the public art will be wall-mounted, ceiling-mounted, floor-mounted, or hung within the large civic entry space. By hiring the artist at such an early stage, more freedom will be provided to the design process, allowing for a high level of collaboration and visual integration.
The public art project will help to articulate the space and perspective of the visitor with inspiration to be potentially taken from the Net Zero, Sustainability and Biophilic goals of the building project and environmental aesthetics.
Because this is the “people’s house” we want to know more from the community by asking the question “What is your Northglenn?” The artist will take inspiration from this direct public input. We want to create a strong connection from the outside into the indoor experience of the new City Hall through the focus on sustainability and environment inspired by AMD architects. Additionally, we want to infuse the development of the piece with a human touch. What is your Northglenn? Click on the link below to let us know!
Lobby Sculpture Project
Time lapse video of “Illumination” installation
The design for the suspended atrium sculpture “Illumination” has been revealed. This one-of-a-kind public art piece will highlight the lobby of the Parsons Theatre, part of the new Northglenn Recreation Center, Senior Center and Theatre. Intricate pieces of colored and frosted metal and acrylics will make up the 600-pound piece. “I want to create a sense of celebration in the Parsons Theatre lobby. A celebration of life and of creativity. A blossoming of ideas,” said commissioned artist Mark Aeling of MGA Sculpture Studio. “Illumination” honors the Columbine, Colorado’s state flower, and achieves the Northglenn Arts & Humanities Foundation’s (NAHF) goal of adding a powerful and memorable public art installation to the new facility. Patrons will be able to see it from outside the lobby’s glass entrance.
The sculpture was installed September of 2021 in time for our Grand Opening Celebration on October 9, 2021.
Read about the work on the MGA Sculpture Studio website.
RTD Light Rail Station
Interview with artists Jeff Best and Jerry Jaramillo
N-Line Horse Sculptures
Northglenn Thornton Sentinel
Northglenn turns to wired horses to decorate N-Line station – Murals, sculptures to go up in September before train’s debut
New artwork designed to decorate one of Metro Denver’s newest train stations will harken back to the early days of transportation.
“Horses have always been one of the original forms of transportation,” said Michael Stricker, cultural programs supervisor for the City of Northglenn and director for the Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundation. “We are celebrating all of these forms of transportation throughout the ages, all of it anchored with the horse.”
Electrical Box Wraps
JUNE 2020 – The long-awaited transit station at 112th and York has a personalized touch. Through an agreement between the City of Northglenn, the Northglenn Arts & Humanities Foundation and RTD, Northglenn muralist Jerry Jaramillo’s work was installed on two large cabinets on the site. Mr. Jaramillo created a series of painted murals that were digitized, printed and installed. In addition to the murals, sculptor Jeff Best’s work will also be installed on the site. Salvere, a scale creation of a draft horse from barbed wire, was the 2020 People’s Choice Art on Parade winner. That piece, along with a new, commissioned sculpture depicting transportation throughout history, will also be installed at the RTD stop. We are proud to showcase art at this station, helping create a unique identity that is illustrative of Northglenn.