The 40 West ArtLine is an exciting
new amenity being developed in the heart of the 40 West Arts Creative District
along historic West Colfax Avenue and the W Line in Lakewood, Colorado. When the
ArtLine opens in mid-2018, this 4-mile walking and biking arts experience will
connect parks and other destinations in 40 West. Supported by a grant from the
National Endowment for the Arts, the ArtLine is envisioned to become a special
place for the Lakewood community and for others living in and visiting the
metro Denver region.
here to see a map of the route
The ArtLine Route Pilot Project
The City of Lakewood and community volunteers
installed an ArtLine pilot project in October 2017 to test ideas and materials
that can be used along the entire route in 2018 to help guide visitors and
brand the experience. The key pilot project elements included painting a green
line and painting ground murals.
The City of Lakewood Traffic Department painted
the green line to test the width, color and longevity of the paint. Green was
selected because it’s the primary brand color, reflects the importance of the
ArtLine in connecting the three major parks in northeast Lakewood, and is a
common color used for pedestrian and bicycle pavement markings.
Community volunteers painted ArtLine “pattern
logo” ground murals at two intersections along the pilot project route. Similar
ground murals are envisioned to be painted at key intersections along the full
route in 2018. The painting will be facilitated by a community muralist, Carlos
Fresquez, with assistance from many community volunteers. Check back soon for information
about how to volunteer. Community volunteers also painted a hopscotch game
mural, designed by 40 West Artist in Residence James Overstreet, outside the
entrance to Mountair Park Community Farm. Artists will paint additional game
and art ground murals along the route in 2018.
More than 50 artist proposals were received through a widely
promoted public Call for Art in early 2017. The volunteer ArtLine art selection panel, consisting of about one dozen community members from throughout Lakewood, reviewed the proposals and invited semi-finalist artists to create full concepts. Several art elements have been selected, and others will be posted here soon.
Art in the Park
Mountair, Aviation and Walker-Branch Parks will each have one major art installation and these will be the most significant artworks along the ArtLine. The park art reflects the type of art the community said they wanted to see along the ArtLine, including interactive, functional and land art. The art in each park will be distinct, but has a fun, common theme inspired by dinosaurs (!) and will be created by one artist team, called PUNCH. The design concepts can be seen here.
interactive art installations will be unique "treasures" to discover along the ArtLine. The art elements will engage people along the 4-mile route and make the experience more interesting. The art will include both permanent and temporary installations and will be created by many different artists. Additional Connective Tissue art elements will be placed along the route in the future to create a dynamic, evolving experience that will allow new artist opportunities and create fresh experiences for visitors. Selected Connective Tissue elements to-date include works by Maureen Hearty and Timothy Flood.
These art elements will convey the ArtLine brand and will be the visual framework for the ArtLine experience to ensure consistent, recognizable elements for people walking or biking along it. The cohesive and repetitive wayfinding art elements will include vertical sculptures and ground murals, created by artists and the community that will be placed in strategic locations to help people visually navigate the route.
Want to get involved? A volunteer
ArtLine Champions Group is helping with the next steps in bringing the
ArtLine to life by finalizing public art decisions and planning the launch
celebration for mid-2018. Please contact Alexis Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
Thank you to the 350+ people who responded to the community survey! We received
great feedback and many unique ideas to help shape the future ArtLine
experience. The summary of the community input received during Fall of
. A graphic summary of
the multiple choice survey results can be found