The City of Arvada owns hundreds of pieces of art. One of the main responsibilities of the Arvada Arts and Culture Commission is to catalog and maintain these pieces so that they may be enjoyed long into the future. The Commission will also be exploring ways to expand the City's collection of public art.
In addition to the following "Spotlights on Public Art," learn about the Arvada Box Art Project.
Spotlights on Public Art
Point Gate by Jodie Roth Cooper
As part of the City of Arvada’s ongoing commitment to support and promote public art, the Arvada City Council approved the purchase of a major piece of sculpture at it’s Feb. 3 meeting. The sculpture, entitled “Point Gate,” is the work of Jodie Roth Cooper, a Denver-area sculptor who has been recognized for his engaging sculpture and installation art.
The piece is created from corten steel, known for its durability and ability to weather over time. The artist encourages park visitors to engage with the sculpture, and walk through its gateway-like structure. “Point Gate” was installed in Hoskinson Park (8700 Brooks Dr.) in May 2020. For more information, read the press release.
Squiggles by Bill Gian
Squiggles, the colorful “seasuarus” play structure that snakes its way across the playground behind the Arvada Center, has been the source of children’s play and laughter for over 20 years. This past summer, Squiggles got a makeover, thanks to partnerships, dedication and our community.
In 2019, the resident-led Arts and Culture Commission identified Squiggles as a priority for renovation. The original artist, now living in California, agreed to complete the renovations as the third makeover over the decades. The artist and his son, who also helped during the original build at age four, worked 12-hour days for five-weeks refurbishing the play structure. Now complete, Squiggles is ready for all visitors to enjoy and engage in multi-sensory play!