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New Denver Public Art at County Jail‏

Latest Denver Public Art to be dedicated at County Jail


Denver Arts & Venues invites you to join City Councilman Christopher Herndon, the Denver Sheriff Department and artist David Griggs for the dedication of Denver’s newest public artwork: “Havana Lanterns.”


Following the dedication please join the artist and others for a reception at the Berkshire Restaurant in Stapleton.


What: Public art dedication of “Havana Lanterns”

When: Friday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m.

Where: Denver County Jail, 10500 E. Smith Road (southeast corner of Smith and Havana)


Reception: 5:45 p.m. at the Berkshire Restaurant, 7352 E. 29th Ave. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP torudi.cerri@denvergov.org.


“Havana Lanterns” consists of three iconic elements located on the new landscaping along Havana Street just south of Smith Road. Extending up to 21 feet tall, the sculptures are made of durable painted steel and translucent fiberglass panels. At night, the integrated LED lighting turns the icons into luminous beacons, embodying the guiding light of hope and rejuvenation.See attached artwork images.


“The art suggests fresh ways of interpreting the experiences of people who live and work in this area,” Griggs said. “By revealing these opportunities, the art can suggest alternatives to recidivism, and it can reflect upon the hope, renewal, and inspiration of new beginnings.”


Griggs is a Denver-based artist who has completed more than 50 commissioned works of art throughout the U.S. Primarily a designer of architecturally integrated, site-responsive public art, he has also participated in a dozen Master Planning and Design Team projects, including the Design Team for Hope, Ark., the birthplace of President Bill Clinton. A graduate of the University of Colorado with a Master’s in Fine Arts, Griggs has been a consultant for the design and integration of artwork into Denver’s FasTracks transit system.






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