Public Art & Placemaking

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Placemaking is a way to inspire collective reimaging of public spaces to strengthen the connection between people and the places they share. Placemaking fosters creative uses of public spaces, by acknowledging the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a specific community.

An effective placemaking process leans heavily into engagement with the residents, business owners, and visitors to the area to create public spaces that contribute to health, happiness, and well-being. One aspect of placemaking is public art. These two ideas go hand-in-hand but are not exactly synonymous. Public art can be murals, sculptures, shared performances, and other creative pieces that are one part of a larger placemaking identity for the community. Placemaking is more about the identity of a space, how it makes people feel, and how it is best used by those in the community.

The Town of Erie is in the beginning phases of a thoughtful creation of a Public Art & Placemaking program and need your help in creating it! This is a space to participate and engage in that process. To the right, see an album of other public art and placemaking features from our neighboring municipalities. Visit and get inspired!

Background

The Public Art Program was initiated in March 2022 after the Board of Trustees and Town staff analyzed results from the 2021 Community Survey which indicated dissatisfaction from the resident with Erie having little to no public art compared to our surrounding municipalities.

A process was initially started to choose the Town's first commissioned art piece by the end of 2022. On Jan. 12, 2023 the volunteer Public Art Group conducted interviews with finalist artists and after a group discussion, Wings to Dreams by Dixie Friend Gay was selected as Erie's first public art piece by the volunteer group. The art piece consists of three stainless steel, iridescent pillars ranging in height from 15ft to 20ft. The three pillars will be painted in distinct colors and appear to change color as the light moves. These pillars consist of unique items symbolizing the spirit of Erie and Colorado. The piece is set to be installed in late October 2023.

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Placemaking is a way to inspire collective reimaging of public spaces to strengthen the connection between people and the places they share. Placemaking fosters creative uses of public spaces, by acknowledging the physical, cultural, and social identities that define a specific community.

An effective placemaking process leans heavily into engagement with the residents, business owners, and visitors to the area to create public spaces that contribute to health, happiness, and well-being. One aspect of placemaking is public art. These two ideas go hand-in-hand but are not exactly synonymous. Public art can be murals, sculptures, shared performances, and other creative pieces that are one part of a larger placemaking identity for the community. Placemaking is more about the identity of a space, how it makes people feel, and how it is best used by those in the community.

The Town of Erie is in the beginning phases of a thoughtful creation of a Public Art & Placemaking program and need your help in creating it! This is a space to participate and engage in that process. To the right, see an album of other public art and placemaking features from our neighboring municipalities. Visit and get inspired!

Background

The Public Art Program was initiated in March 2022 after the Board of Trustees and Town staff analyzed results from the 2021 Community Survey which indicated dissatisfaction from the resident with Erie having little to no public art compared to our surrounding municipalities.

A process was initially started to choose the Town's first commissioned art piece by the end of 2022. On Jan. 12, 2023 the volunteer Public Art Group conducted interviews with finalist artists and after a group discussion, Wings to Dreams by Dixie Friend Gay was selected as Erie's first public art piece by the volunteer group. The art piece consists of three stainless steel, iridescent pillars ranging in height from 15ft to 20ft. The three pillars will be painted in distinct colors and appear to change color as the light moves. These pillars consist of unique items symbolizing the spirit of Erie and Colorado. The piece is set to be installed in late October 2023.

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Placemaking Character Mapping

about 1 month

Based on the visual styles above, click the "+" button to the left and drag/drop pins that correlate to each style onto the map where you'd like to see art in that style. For example: if you want to see something whimsical in the upcoming Town Center project, drag the green pin to the intersection of County Line Road and Erie Parkway.

When you are finished, please just close the window. 


Page last updated: 19 Sep 2023, 12:40 PM