New public art keeps the 'Big Blue Bear' company

DENVER – The Colorado Convention Center has added eight new pieces to its permanent collection. The additions are the result of a public-private partnership between the City and County of Denver and the convention center's management firm, SMG, which commissioned the $235,000 project. Denver-based art consulting firm NINE dot ARTS was hired to select and install the new work.

The pieces, created by established and emerging local artists, were able to make use of the huge space in the convention center to create the dramatic works. A 95 x 95 foot mural by Mindy Bray, titled "The Heavy is the Root of the Light," covers an entire wall behind a two-story escalator. The painting is based on photographs of the Platte River at nearby Confluence Park, the site where gold was first discovered leading to the founding of Denver in 1858.

New Colorado Convention Center Public Art

• "The Heavy is the Root of the Light" by Mindy Bray

• "I Know You Know That I Know" by Sandra Fettingis

• "Untitled" (Ocular series) by Mike McClung

• "Wall of Words" by Roland Bernier

• "Boulder Creek – Autumn 08 #1" by James Cook

• "Atmosphere No. 27, 37 and 44" by Ian Fisher

• "Untitled 88" by Derrick Velasquez

• "License Plates" by Phil Bender


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