Public Art Collection
 

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Art

Established 1977

Active


Description

The Art in Public Places Program (AiPP) was established by the Colorado Legislature in 1977 to create enjoyment and pride for citizens of the state by placing artwork in publicly accessible locations in state buildings. Colorado’s public art statute requires an allocation of one-percent (1%) of capital construction funds for new or renovated state buildings to be set aside for the acquisition of works of art, the process of which is administered by Colorado Creative Industries (CCI).

“Percent for art” acquisitions enter the state’s permanent art collection. The works selected through this program represent great diversity in style, imagery, materials and techniques. By uniting artists, architecture and host institutions, the AiPP program integrates the art experience into the built environment and civic spaces. Works of art purchased through this program are located in publicly accessible spaces inside and outside of state buildings, such as armories, state patrol offices, state office buildings and university campuses. AiPP has successfully commissioned or purchased approximately 570 works of art for the enhancement of state buildings and the enjoyment of Coloradans.
 

Reasons for Public Art

  • Provides access to art for all people
  • Creative placemaking – activates public and underutilized spaces in unique ways
  • Civic pride and connection to community
  • Support of artists, including local artists
  • Adds human-scale to larger spaces
  • Invites pedestrian experiences and interactivity
  • Illustrate or reflect a story or history of the space
  • Wayfinding


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" C" Chord Lattice Public Art

" C" Chord Lattice

Clark Richert

Trinidad State Junior College- Trinidad

Painting

Acrylic on canvas

1980

Installed


A Perfect Day for Bananafish (1 of 3) Public Art

A Perfect Day for Bananafish (1 of 3)

Craig Smith

University of Colorado at Boulder

Drawing

Ink and color

1981

Installed


A Perfect Day for Bananafish (2 of 3) Public Art

A Perfect Day for Bananafish (2 of 3)

Craig Smith

University of Colorado at Boulder

Drawing

Ink and color

1981

Installed


A Perfect Day for Bananafish (3 of 3) Public Art

A Perfect Day for Bananafish (3 of 3)

Craig Smith

University of Colorado at Boulder

Drawing

Ink and color

1981

Installed


A Place in Time Public Art

A Place in Time

Barry Rose

University of Northern Colorado

Sculpture

Stone and Bronze

1998

Installed