Thornton Public Art

Thornton Public Art Collection

The Thornton Public Art Collection contains nearly 250 pieces exhibited in public facilities, parks, intersections, and transit stations through the city. The collection enhances building interiors and outdoor gathering places with a variety of quality artwork created by local and national professional artists.​ To learn more about our public art commission process, progress on current projects, how to apply for public art calls or to serve on a Public Art Review Panel, please refer to the links on this page. We thank the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) for its support of the traffic box murals.

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. ​Below are projects that were approved by Thornton City Council and are near completion. Maintenance or restoration of existing artwork may also be listed. 

Public Art Commission Process

Public Art Mission: To build a diverse and engaging collection of public art that is specific to Thornton and informed by the community. The artwork will establish Thornton as an innovative and exciting destination city, engaged in contemporary and timely conversations on art and culture.

Commission Process Objective: A holistic and transparent process for the Public Art Subcommittee to make well-informed public art recommendations to the Thornton Arts, Sciences & Humanities Council (TASHCO) and then to Thornton City Council. Artists interested in applying to a Thornton public art project call for artists are encouraged to read the information below to better understand the goals and process for city-funded public art commissions in Thornton. Help Thornton bring more unique and engaging artwork to all areas of the city to make it an iconic destination for public art.