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Town Park Public Art Project

February 21, 2019 | | No Comments

The Town Park Public Art Project is a collaborative effort by the Crested Butte Creative District, Town of Crested Butte, Crested Butte Center for the Arts, and Colorado Creative Industries. The purpose of this project is to enhance the sense of place in the Creative District by creating new  public art that provides an opportunity for local artists to showcase their work, encourages walkability throughout the Town, inspires youth engagement with the arts, and helps anchor the new Center for the Arts building in the heart of the Creative District. This project is a component of Crested Butte’s Arts in Public Places Policy (see below for more information about the policy).

The Town Park Public Art Project proposes two components: a Sculpture Garden and a potential Music Garden. A Sculpture Garden is proposed along the walking path on the North-side of the new Center for the Arts building, and an interactive Music Garden is proposed to be integrated into the new Mary Yelenick Playground. Click here to see the proposed site plan. 

The Sculpture Garden could encompass three pedestals that will provide the opportunity to showcase three unique works of art. The Music Path component of this project includes potentially installing outdoor musical instruments in the new playground area that will inspire children of all ages to engage with the musical arts. 

The photos below show examples of sculpture and music gardens in other communities. Click here to see an example of what these musical instruments look and sound like.

Your thoughts and feedback will help determine the specific parameters for the sculptures and musical instruments (the basic infrastructure for this project will be completed by July 1, 2019). 

Sculpture Garden Examples

Music Garden Examples

The Creative District and its partners would like to hear from YOU on what you would like to see. Please attend the Community Forum on March 6th at the Center for the Arts to learn more and provide your feedback, or email your comments to by March 15, 2019.

We are especially interested in your thoughts on the following aspects of the project:

Sculpture Garden:

  • Would you like to see temporary sculptures, semi-permanent or permanent sculptures?
  • Would you like to see “for sale” sculptures?
  • What type of sculpture bases would fit well here? Above the ground, in the ground?
  • What ideas do you have?
  • What concerns do you have?

Music Garden:

  • Do you think a Music Garden is a good fit for this location and neighborhood? 
  • How many instruments should be there?
  • What type of instruments should be there?
  • What ideas do you have?
  • What concerns do you have?

About the Arts in Public Places Policy (AIPP)

In 2017, the Creative District Commission developed the Arts in Public Places Policy (AIPP), which was then passed by the Town Council. The AIPP guides the selection, display, maintenance, and donation of public art. The location of the Center for the Arts was included in the policy as a location for public art, specifically for temporary installations and interactive art. This Town Park Public Art project will follow the guidelines of the AIPP for the selection, installation, and maintenance of these public art installations.

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