Public Art

Sculpture in Addenbrooke Park.

Since the early 1990s, the City of Lakewood has welcomed installations of public art as a reflections of its identity as a cultural community and community pride.

This collection, now numbering more than fifty artworks, has been acquired primarily through partnerships and collaborations with nonprofit organization and business interests. Some of the artwork is also the result of innovative projects and generous donations. All contribute to the quality of life enjoyed by the citizens of Lakewood.

Art on the Commons

Art on the Commons is an annually rotating sculptural exhibition on Lakewood’s Civic Center Plaza. The artwork is sponsored by the Alameda Gateway Community Association and the SCFD. 

2022 Call for Entry

Entries are due July 1.

We are now taking applications for our 2022-23 exhibition! Please fill out the entry form below. There is a $20 charge for entry, payable online.

Complete an Entry Form

Entry Details

Artists are invited to participate in Lakewood’s Art on the Commons outdoor sculpture exhibit. Six sculptures will be selected for display in Lakewood’s City Commons (an urban plaza located between the Civic Center and the Cultural Center buildings) and other prominent City of Lakewood locations.

Artists whose sculptures are selected for this exhibit will receive a $700 honorarium and will be eligible for a People’s Choice Award of $500. Sculptures will be installed in in July/August of 2022 and remain on display for one year.

SPECIFICATIONS:

Any style in a durable medium will be considered but submitted artwork must be complete and ready for installation, structurally safe, and able to withstand Colorado’s weather. Sculpture must be a minimum of 40in height and no taller than 120”, and not to exceed maximum base dimensions of 36”x54”. Pedestals are permanent and provided by the City of Lakewood. Each submission must be capable of being welded or securely fastened to a ¼-inch steel plate. The curator, prior to installation, must approve any base provided by the artist.

ENTRY:

Artists may enter up to three works for consideration for a $20 flat fee. Deadline for entry is July 1. Acceptance notifications will be sent out via email by July 15, with installation of artwork starting August 1.

2020 Exhibit

Justin Deister - Storming West

 

Storming West

Justin Deister

Sandy Friedman - Sometimes You Need to Go

 

Sometimes You Need To Go In A Different Direction

Sandy Friedman

Maureen Hearty - What Lies Beneath_detail

 

What Lies Beneath

Maureen Hearty

Sue Quinlan - Ancient Monolith II

 

Ancient Monolith II

Sue Quinlan 

Charlotte Zink - Taksati

 

Taksati

Charlotte Zink


Art in the Parks

Many of Lakewood's parks are home to beautiful public art pieces. View a list of parks with public art by visiting the park listings webpage.

View Park Listings

Public Art Master Plan

Public Art Master Plan

The creation of the Public Art Master Plan has involved collaboration between City staff, community organizations, business associations, property and business owners and managers, residents, and other stakeholders. The planning process involved working with these stakeholders to identify a vision and future direction for public art in Lakewood and to establish goals and action steps to implement the vision. A stakeholder steering committee guided the development of the plan. Public meetings and a community survey provided additional opportunities for community input.

The City Council adopted the Public Art Master Plan on July 8, 2013.

View the Master Plan(PDF, 3MB)

50th Anniversary Artwork

The City of Lakewood and the Heritage, Culture & the Arts Division are pleased to announce the completion of the public art project in celebration of Lakewood’s 50th Anniversary in 2019.

A view of the artwork. Echoes and Reflections

“Echoes and Reflections: Lakewood’s 50th Anniversary,” a large-scale installation of reflective metal sculptures by artist Collin Parson, stands at a site of historical significance in Addenbrooke Park for the community to enjoy. This public artwork celebrates Lakewood’s unique history and diverse residents, those that laid the foundation for incorporation and paved the way for the city’s robust cultural community that exists today. 

The selection process

A request for proposals was sent on July 16, 2018, which resulted in responses from artists from across the United States. After an extensive review process, including an online public voting platform and a public art selection panel, Lakewood’s public art committee selected Parson’s proposal. The artist’s passion for the project comes from his deep connection with Lakewood. Parson is a local arts administrator, artist, curator and designer who was raised in Lakewood and has enjoyed Addenbrooke Park throughout his childhood and as an adult with his wife and child. 

Combining history with art

Viewers admire the artwork.

The new artwork is installed on the site where the Addenbrooke family home, constructed in 1953, once stood near the corner of South Garrison Street and West Center Avenue. The home’s fireplace, which remains standing, includes stones collected from around the world by the Addenbrooke family. Parson’s artwork is inspired by the sense of inclusion and place metaphorically exemplified by this historical landmark.

“Echoes and Reflections” incorporates mirrored stainless steel in shapes that mimic the structure of the former home. “I hope to reflect the past and the present by recreating the echoes or fragments of the homestead, such as doors, corners and windows, that once stood as the Addenbrooke family home. By using mirror polished stainless steel, these elements would pay homage to the past, yet literally reflect the current environment and all the people who occupy it now and in the future,” said Parson.

Learn more and read a Q&A with the artist(PDF, 6MB)