New public art installations celebrated at Bison Ridge
Commerce City is dedicating five new pieces of public art and celebrating the inaugural exhibition of artwork created by Commerce City school teachers at the new Bison Ridge Recreation Center, 13905 E. 112th Ave., with a dedication ceremony June 7 from 6:30 – 8 p.m.
The new recreation center becomes home to the city’s latest and most extensive sculpture collection. Three bison sculptures, each nearly 12 feet tall and 20 feet long, made from galvanized sheet metal and steel are installed on the south side of the recreation center. Two massive, color-changing outdoor sculptures are placed in the roundabouts outside. Inside the building are two colorful, interactive pieces – one hanging from the lobby ceiling and another sculpture mounted on the wall.
Creators and esteemed regional artists Don Kennell, Josh Wiener and John King will be in attendance during the June 7 celebration. Tickets to the event are $5 for entry or $10 for entry plus two drinks tickets. Entry includes access to the dedication ceremony and light hors d’oeuvres. Proceeds benefit Commerce City Cultural Council art programming.
Funding for the pieces was made available through the 1 percent city public art program and the Scientific Cultural Facilities District. Artists were selected through a competitive process identified in the public art master plan.
Caption: These bison sculptures, titled “Trailblazers” by artist Don Kennell, at Bison Ridge Recreation Center are each nearly 12 feet high and 20 feet long.