The Thornton Public Art Collection includes more than 173 pieces exhibited in public facilities and spaces throughout Thornton. The collection enhances city buildings and spaces with quality works of art by professional artists, many of whom are Thornton residents. Click on the images below to learn more about the pieces or click here to visit our online archive.
Who Chooses Public Art?
Prior to 2007, public art pieces were chosen by Thornton City Council. After the formation of the Thornton Arts, Sciences and Humanities Council (TASHCO), public art has been chosen by members of the TASHCO Public Art Subcommitee. Members of the subcommitee review and choose pieces based on their artistic merit, creativity, and overall impact on the community. All TASHCO subcommitees are open to the public. Residents interested in joing the public art subcommitee may do so by attending a monthly TASHCO meeting in order to learn more about the process and sign up. Community members are also encouraged to visit TalkThornton.com to submit feedback, ideas and recommendations on public art projects.
Who Funded These Pieces?
Funding for public art pieces can come in the form of grants and/or additional funds approved by Thornton City Council Members. A majority of the public art collection is funded in part by SCFD grants and Adams County Open Space grants. The Thornton Arts & Culture Division is always looking for opportunities to diversify funding for art projects. Feel free to direct any funding opportunities to artsthornton@ThorntonCO.gov.
Click on the works below to learn more about the piece, funding sources and/or artist.