West Colfax Sculpture Walk

  • Project typeRenovation
  • Completion DateAugust 05, 2022
The sculpture walk.

This project is now complete.

The West Colfax Sculpture Walk is now open! This community build project revitalized the southwest corner of Wadsworth and Colfax.

Community build weekends took place in June and July, and sculpture installation took place the first week of August. Our appreciation goes out to our community build volunteers, who assisted the project team build and plant in the sculpture walk.

 

Project Plan

Background and History

A highly visible, vacant parcel of land on the southwest corner of Wadsworth Blvd. and Colfax Ave. will be revitalized into a beautiful sculpture walk showcasing public art in 2022. This placemaking idea was born out of a partnership between the West Colfax Community Association and Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District (BID). These partners submitted a concept to the city through the Neighborhood Participation Program (NPP). This program encourages neighborhood organizations to apply for funding to build projects they believe would make a difference in improving their neighborhood.  

City Council and staff supported the concept and approved NPP funding for the project in 2019. the West Colfax Community Association and the Lakewood-West Colfax BID have contributed donations to the development of this unique space.  

Learn about the long, rich history of this intersection and the plan to revitalize it by watching this video:

The Project Plan 

The West Colfax Sculpture Walk transformed an empty, dirt-filled corner lot into an urban oasis for pedestrians and a showcase for public art.

In addition to funding from the City of Lakewood and partners, this project required additional support through generous sponsors contributing donations and in-kind services, as well as volunteers donating their time via a community build.

The following information provides the framework and timing for the project. 

West Colfax Sculpture Walk Rendering

Major Elements of the Sculpture Walk

  1. Six raised planters constructed using ‘gabion’ construction techniques, which are essentially wire cages filled with rocks. Gabions have a long history of use, creating durable and inexpensive structures with great versatility. 
  2. Three round gabions with steel platforms for sculptures. 
  3. One large ‘tree sculpture’ permanently placed in a central gabion structure.
  4. Large boulders for seating.
  5. Two light poles with LED fixtures to light sculptures and provide security.
  6. Crushed granite ground surface.
  7. Water hydrant and hose in lockable enclosure to water plants.

Construction

Construction of the sculpture walk will be completed in several phases. The city will initially hire contractors to prepare the site for the installation of gabion planters and sculpture pads.

Community Build 

There are multiple benefits to the community of executing this project through a community build. A community-build project becomes a rallying point for community spirit and a team-building opportunity for groups. It encourages citizens of varying ages, economic backgrounds, genders, races and cultures to work in unison toward a common goal.

Community Build Schedule

The community build portion of the project will take place over the course of several weekends in June and July. The first weekend will follow completion of site preparation and installation of underground utilities by outside contractors. The second weekend will take place after outside contractors install soil in planters. 

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Maintenance

Ongoing maintenance of the West Colfax Sculpture Walk will be provided by the West Colfax Community Association, the Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District and neighborhood volunteers.

Sponsor

Thank you, sponsors!

Pioneer Landscape Centers logo.    DesignScapes logo
West Colfax Business Improvement District    West Colfax Community Association

 

Contribute to the historic Colfax Avenue by becoming a West Colfax Sculpture Walk sponsor. We have numerous cash and in-kind sponsorship opportunities available. Download the sponsorship package below to get started.

Download Sponsorship Package(PDF, 2MB)

Volunteer

The community build is now complete.  

Thank you, volunteers!

Community Build Details

The community build portion of the project will take place over the course of two weekends. The first weekend will follow completion of site preparation and installation of underground utilities by outside contractors. The second weekend will take place after outside contractors install soil in planters. Volunteers are needed for half-day, full-day and full weekend shifts. Individuals and groups welcome! No volunteers under the age of 14.

Schedule

Two volunteer weekends will take place June 18-19 and July 9-10. Volunteers may sign up for one or both weekends. A t-shirt, beverages, snacks and lunch will be provided.

June 18-19: BUILD

Volunteers will assemble gabion planters and sculpture pads and fill with stockpiled cobblestone. All materials will be pre-cut and ready for assembly and installation.

July 9-10: PLANT

Volunteers will install trees, shrubs, perennials and mulch. All materials will be on-site and ready for installation.

What to Bring

The following personal items will be required during the build weekends. If you don’t have any of the items, we will get a count of items that we will need to provide later in this process.

  • Durable work gloves
  • Safety glasses / eye protection
  • Durable shoes and long pants (preferred)
  • Hat/sunscreen (per your preference)
  • For the BUILD weekend, the city will provide 5 gallon buckets and wheelbarrows to move cobblestone from stockpiles to gabions. Extra wheelbarrows won’t be turned away!
  • For the PLANT weekend, bring your favorite planting tools and appropriate clothing for digging in the dirt. Wheelbarrows and buckets will be provided to move mulch.

What Will be Provided

  • A commemorative t-shirt.
  • Coffee and snacks in the morning.
  • Water and beverages throughout the day.
  • Lunch and snacks.

Parking

Parking directions will be available as the dates near.

    

Thanks to our sponsors:

Pioneer Landscape Centers logo.    DesignScapes logo
West Colfax Business Improvement District    West Colfax Community Association

Contact details

Nestor Fedak, Project Designer
303-987-7353
303-987-7800

Location

SW Corner of Colfax and Wadsworth Ave, Lakewood, CO   View Map

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