Have you noticed new artwork as you’ve ventured out in Douglas County the last few weeks? The celebrated Douglas County Art Encounters outdoor public art program has recently installed 26 pieces by 19 artists in public places throughout Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree, Parker and Roxborough.
The 2019-2020 sculptures were selected from 78 entries by 42 local and national artists and are showcased in parks and near entrances of recreation centers, shopping centers, libraries and performing art centers in Douglas County.
Whether you’re a public art enthusiast or new to public art, you are invited to visit all 26 sculptures and then use the Vote4Art tool to nominate your favorite for a People’s Choice Award. Since the program’s first public art installation in June 2008, thousands have viewed the 259 outdoor art installations exemplifying a variety of mediums.
“Art Encounters is designed to promote public interest in art, develop community pride and draw visitors to the retail and civic areas where the pieces are displayed,” said Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas. “I encourage citizens to take time this summer to visit the sculptures and vote for their favorites.”
Conceived by the Douglas County Cultural Council in 2007, Art Encounters is a year-long outdoor art exhibit showcasing sculptures, in various media and styles. Since its inception, the project has been funded, in part, by the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) and the Philip S. Miller Trust.
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