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Public Art You Just Can’t Miss in NoCo

December 22, 2021

The sculpture parks in Loveland put Northern Colorado on the international map in 2005 when Loveland was named the number two town on “The 100 Best Art Towns in America” only behind Santa Fe. And now, our region is a full-fledged public arts mecca.

Located at the corner of W. 29th St. and Beech Dr., Benson Sculpture Garden and North Lake Park provide an exquisite outdoor setting for showcasing the 172 bronze sculptures donated to the City by the Loveland High Plains Arts Council.

In contrast to the bronze at Benson, Chapungu Sculpture Park features 82 monumental stone sculptures from Zimbabwean artisans. Traversing 26-acres on the northeast corner of I-25 and U.S. Hwy 34, Chapungu sits immediately east of The Promenade Shops at Centerra.

Through Sunday, January 2, 2022, Chapungu hosts Winter Wonderlights. During this time 100,000 lights illuminate the African stone sculptures.

For the past 25 years, Fort Collins has celebrated Art in Public Places with the addition of pianos throughout town, transformer cabinet murals and seven separate free self-guided public art tours:

  1. City Parks
  2. Downtown
  3. Downtown River
  4. Northeast Fort Collins
  5. Fossil Creek
  6. Poudre River Trail
  7. Spring Creek Trail

Last August, Trees, Water & People unveiled Colores de la Comunidad in Fort Collins’ Tenney Alley (on the north side of Mountain Ave., between College Ave. and Mason St.) on August 1. The mural by Armando Silva – narrates stories of resilience and climate migration.

When you’re out and about in Northern Colorado, make sure to look around and see that an abundance of great art abounds.

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