Lakewood is looking to get more colorful, with the coming 40 West ArtLine project to the West Colfax area. And now residents are being asked to check out an early draft of this colorful creation, and …
Lakewood is looking to get more colorful, with the coming 40 West ArtLine project to the West Colfax area.
And now residents are being asked to check out an early draft of this colorful creation, and share their thoughts before the project goes wide.
The ArtLine has launched a pilot project to test ideas and materials that can be used to guide visitors along this distinctive walking and bicycling art route by painting murals on the ground and signs around Mountair Park to give people a sense of what the line will look like.
“We painted about three-fourths of a mile at this park so we could hear from residents about what they like and don’t like,” said Alexis Moore, principal planner with the city. “We want to know if the green line guiding people along the line is the right width, the right shade of green, if the wayfinding signs are easy to follow, and other basic things like that.”
After taking a look at the park, residents can go to the newly launched website, www.40westartline.org/pilotproject, to take a short survey on what they think about the sample line.
The ArtLine has been in the works for more than a year, and was created in conjunction with 40 West Arts and other community partners. The line received national support from a $100,000 Our Town grant, and will connect Aviation, Mountair and Walker Branch parks through visual cues and art installations along the way.
“Our organization has been a central partner in this project — everything from planning meetings to marketing,” said Liz Black, executive director of 40 West Arts. “This is a great nexus of art and the outdoors — people know Colorado is an outdoors place, but not as many know it’s also a creative place.”
The aim is for the line to open in June, with some kind of big community celebration to coincide with the 40 West First Friday Art Walk and Lakewood’s INSPIRE Arts Week. The concept for the most iconic art along the ArtLine are three large interactive sculptures for each of the three connected parks, inspired by the Stegosaurus, Colorado’s official state fossil. The PUNCH artist team came up with the ideas for the sculptures, which have been named “Dermal Plate Gateway,” “Stegoskel” and “Unearthed Plates.” The aim of the team, which is also building the sculptures, is to use shapes, sounds, colors, shadow patterns and movement to delight visitors, Moore explained.
“Sculptures will start to be built on the sites beginning in March,” she added. “So, we’re hoping to have all our feedback on the pilot line in by February, so we can make any necessary changes before we start in earnest.”
Local artists like James Overstreet, and volunteers like Maddie Nichols and Kathi Hasfjord helped get the pilot line up and running, including painting logos and murals.
“We’re very eager to see the line nearing completion, bringing more are to the city,” Nichols said. “We really think this line is going to be an amenity, and get more people moving through our parks.”