Let Art Make Your Statement
This summer, drivers in the bustling urban corridor just south of Denver’s downtown will glimpse a large object that sparkles through a break in the trees. Its familiar shape and brilliance amidst the monochromatic industrial landscape will be difficult to miss. That’s the idea.
The new Denver Animal Shelter will be fortunate to have the Sun Dog, one of three pieces in a fabulous public art installation designed by artists Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan of Seattle. The 25-foot sculpture is utterly appropriate for the shelter, as its “mutt dog” appearance is easily recognizable. Its bright and faceted surface is made up of hundreds of stainless steel dog tags, a metaphor for pet adoption.
Public art has been showing up in building projects in a big way in recent years. If you are interested in having a unique sculpture or mural in your space, now is a good time to get creative. Do some research to see if your town or city has delegated funds that you can tap into to hire an artist. Sit down and chat with a few different artists that pique your interest to see if they can meet your needs for a creative centerpiece for your building or project. Select the artist and work that best represents your organization’s mission and can communicate it to your community.
Art can brighten, freshen, and add the perfect finishing touch to any project. But more importantly, great art can engage visitors, welcome them to the animal adoption experience, and create lasting, positive impressions.