Public Art Exhibits

Art Encounters
Art Encounters is a year-long outdoor sculpture exhibit that showcases a number of sculptures, in various media and styles, displayed in highly visible areas in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree and Parker. The project is designed to promote public interest in art, develop community pride and draw visitors to the retail or civic areas where they are displayed. The public is invited to view the art in the program and vote for their favorite piece by visiting www.douglas.co.us/artencounters. Artists are encouraged to submit entries in January of each year via www.callforentry.org.

From June 2015 through May 2016, the Town of Parker is exhibiting seven sculptures at various locations throughout the Town, including Parker Adventist Hospital. Thanks to the Hospital’s collaboration, Out of the Saddle by Robert Heintzelman will be placed at Parker Hospital’s Healing Gardens. The remaining sculptures will be placed in various locations along Mainstreet to highlight Parker’s growing Creative District at Old Town. For a map of the sculpture locations, click here

Parker's 2015-2016 Art Encounters Sculptures:

Morning Dolphin 
By Felix Velez
Dimensions: 4 1/2 feet high x 2 1/2 feet high
Material: Bronze
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Boy Reading on Steps
By Eluisa Altman
Dimensions: 30 inches high x 12 inches wide x 21 inches deep
Material: Bonded Bronze
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Cloud Rain
By Jeffie Brewer
Dimensions: 120 inches tall x 52 inches wide x 44 inches deep
Material: Steel
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Colorish Horse
By Jacob Novinger
Dimensions: 56 inches high x 66 inches long x 24 inches deep
Material: Direct Metal Sculpture
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Cultural Pedestrian
By Sue Quinlan
Dimensions: 73 inches high x 8 inches wide x 6 inches deep
Material: Concrete and steel
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See Through Other Eyes: Spotted Owl
By Ellen Woodbury
Dimensions: 24 inches high x 16 inches wide x 16 inches deep
Material: Colorado Yule marble on granite
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Out of the Saddle

By Robert Heintzelman
Dimensions: 44 inches high x 53 inches long x 17 inches deep
Materials: Welded steel
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To learn more about the Douglas County Art Encounters Program click here.

Harmony Park
Harmony Park
Harmony Park musical classroom is an interactive public art exhibit installed on the PACE Center’s East Patio. Harmony Park was created by the Freenotes Company of Hesperus, Colorado. These outdoor wind and percussion instruments are weatherproof and designed to be played together easily because they are tuned to the pentatonic scale. There are no wrong notes, all of the sounds are harmonious and knowledge of music, keys or scales is not necessary. The sounds are mellow and ethereal so as not to disturb others. All instruments are wheelchair accessible, and they can even be a tool for music therapy to improve cognitive ability, communication and motor skills.

NucleusNucleus by Tim Upham
“Nucleus” by Tim Upham of Fort Collins was installed in front of the PACE Center in May 2012. The 24-foot tall multi-colored spiral fuses art with science and is lit by halogen and LED lights. Upham makes site-specific public art and he has incorporated some of the leftover building materials from the PACE Center construction into the sculpture. 


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The Dance
This sculpture by Lee Proctor is inspired by the spring time dance of the Sandhill Crane. It is also a celebration of the incredible displays and rituals of all bird life. And beyond that it symbolizes the art of dance in all it’s myriad of forms, from ancient indigenous cultures dancing by the fire to modern day ballet. The sculpture was a public favorite of the 2014-15 Art Encounters exhibit and Town Council purchased it in May 2015. Its permanent home is now the plaza on the west side of The Schoolhouse.
  
  
Freedom Through SafetyFreedom through Safety
In June 2010, artist Adam Schultz was commissioned to produce an innovative public art sculpture for the Town of Parker’s new Police Station. Schultz’s creation, “Freedom through Safety,” features a life-sized bronze eagle in flight, held aloft 14 feet in the air on two vertical stainless steel pillars. One pillar represents safety and the other symbolizes strength. The base of the sculpture includes a “circle of hands” -- tiles pressed with hand prints of local community members from young children to senior citizens, metaphorically representing the support and involvement of the community.
 
Dr. HeathDr. Heath
A bronze statue of Dr. Walter Heath, an integral character in Parker history, is displayed on the northeast corner of Mainstreet and Pikes Peak Place. Created by local artist Don Budy, this project was made possible by Parker Adventist Hospital, Dr. Heath’s grandchildren, Edward V. Heath and Clair Heath Fink, David A. Van Landschoot and Stevan Strain. 
   
   
      
    
    
Colid #7
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Denver artist Emmett Culligan donated his piece titled “Colid #7” to the PACE Center in 2013. The sculpture is placed on Pine Drive at the western entrance to PACE. 
Culligan's art often focuses on the manipulation of metal, wood, stone and glass, and references common forms found in everyday life. He says, “Within my work, an emphasis is placed on the natural inherent qualities of material interacting formally to access human emotion and spirituality.”

View a map of Permanent Public Art in Parker.