New Council-approved projects in various phases of planning, design, construction and completion.

​Projects in Progress

The City of Thornton's Public Art Program has many projects in various phases of planning, design, construction and installation. Most projects take two to three years to complete. The first year is dedicated to the artist call, review, design, selection and approval; the second year to engineering and fabrication, and the third year to site preparation and installation. Some projects require more time to complete due to supply chain issues, contractor and artist availability, and weather conditions. COVID-19 also had a significant impact on public art projects started by the city in 2020 and thereafter.

​Below are projects that were approved by Thornton City Council and are near completion. Maintenance or restoration of existing artwork may also be listed. Please refer to the links on the right for more information about our commissioning process and how you can volunteer to be on a public art selection panel. Help Thornton bring more unique and engaging artwork to all areas of the city to make it an iconic destination for public art.

 Active Adult Center 

Active Adult Center public art image two floral sculpturesThe proposed design will be one large floral sculpture featuring dichroic glass and lighting elements. The piece is meant to touch on nature, science, and technology. The work will be created by Skunk Control, under the direction of Nick Athanasiou, and installed outside the main entrance to the Active Adult Center at 11181 Colorado Blvd. The Australian group will be the first international artists commissioned by the city of Thornton. 

Anticipated completion: 2024

 East 136th Avenue Median 

136th ave media art sculpture rendering

This redesigned 18-foot wide by 25-foot tall sculpture will be a 3-D printed carbon fiber and ABS structure supported by metal columns and concrete footings. The work will be created by designer, Volkan Alkanoglu, founder of Volkan Alkanoglu | DESIGN LLC in Portland, Oregon. The sculpture will be installed east of I-25 in the center of the East 136th Avenue median at Lincoln Street.

Anticipated completion: 2024

 Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center Atrium

Carpenter Rec Center Atrium ceiling art mobile rendering

The finished piece is made of stainless steel and features lighting elements, acrylic panels, and Swarovski Crystal veils. The piece was created by Seth Palmiter, founder of Motivated Metal in Rockport, Maine and installed in the atrium of the main lobby at the Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center located at 11151 Colorado Blvd.

Installed: 2024

 Sky Park

Sky Park public art sculpture renderingThe finished piece is a 5-foot by 6-foot cube structure made of mirror-plated aluminum atop an 8-foot metal pole. The work was created by Pneuhaus Studio from Rumford, RI, and installed in Thornton's newest park, Sky Park, located at 950 West 88th Avenue.

Installed: 2024

All information is subject to change.

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