DENVER- A Colorado artist by the name of Nikki Pike, has made it possible for trees to sing. During an 18 month process, she created sound totems that would be installed into tree trunks in local Denver parks.
Since June the singing trees has been active, all the music featured are local singers, songwriters, musicians.
The musical creations aren't the first of its kind that Pike has created and activated. In 2011 the city saw its first artifact which debuted in a tree located on 17th Avenue and Washington Street.
Pike rotates music featured in each sound totem every so often, so the public gets a chance to enjoy a variety of music by Colorado musicians.
Unlike most public art, the installments weren't decided upon by the artist alone. The decision was made by neighborhood committees as to what form of art would live in their nearby park and the music to be featured.
The sound totem that resides at Houston Lake Park located in southwest Denver's Athmar Park neighborhood features music by an artist that resides in the very area. A decision made collectively by the artist and neighborhood community .
In addition to Houston Lake Park, Pike has sound totem installments at the Langsten Jr. Boyd Park located on the corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Colorado in Denver. Also, atMcDonough Park in Harkness Heights on the north side of the city.
The totems are made possible by the P.S. You Are Here program by Denver Arts & Venue. Funding is provided to neighborhoods who seek to revitalize their public spaces.
In 2014 Denver Arts & Venues granted a total of $40,000 to neighborhood revitalization initiatives. This year, their budget has grown to $70,000. Artists, organizations and neighborhoods are encouraged to apply once registration opens August 3 online at artsandvenuesdenver.com.
Cities all over Colorado can expect to see more creative installments added to public places.
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