Denver Public Art Seeks Qualified Colorado Artists for Multiple Public Art Projects  at Carpio-Sanguinette Park / Heron Pond

The City and County of Denver is pleased to announce an open call for new Public Art commissions for Carpio-Sanguinette Park / Heron Pond. 

The City of Denver’s Public Art Program seeks to commission one or more Colorado artists or artist teams to create  original works of art for the Carpio-Sanguinette Park / Heron Pond. The total public art budget for the park is $250,000 USD, and the art selection panel would like to commission several works of art with individual budgets of between  $50,000 and $125,000. Qualifications will be accepted through Monday, July 27, 11:59 p.m. 

The goal of the public art commission is to create a unique and inspiring experience for park visitors and nearby communities. Artists are encouraged to envision new works that demonstrate an authentic connection between human  activity and the land, and tell the story of the place – historically, agriculturally, socially, culturally, and ecologically. Artists  should engage the community in the art creation process. The art selection panel is searching for artists who have a deep  understanding of the site and the vision for its future in order to create works of art that are relevant to the community  and are timeless and forward-looking. 

Artists may submit qualifications for Carpio-Sanguinette Park / Heron Pond public art project(s) at 

To view a fly-through of the park design, please visit:

For more information on these and other Denver Public Art opportunities, please visit artists. 


About Denver Arts & Venues 

Denver Arts & Venues’ mission is to amplify Denver’s quality of life and economic vitality through premier public venues, arts and  entertainment opportunities. Arts & Venues is the City and County of Denver agency responsible for operating some of the region’s most  renowned facilities, including Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre, the Denver Performing Arts Complex, Colorado Convention Center, Denver  Coliseum and McNichols Civic Center Building. Arts & Venues also oversees the Denver Public Art Program, Create Denver, SCFD Tier III  granting process, Arts Education Fund and other entertainment and cultural events such as the Five Points Jazz Festival, Urban Arts Fund, P.S.  You Are Here and implementation of IMAGINE 2020: Denver’s Cultural Plan. Denver Arts & Venues is committed to diversity, equity and  inclusiveness in all our programs, initiatives and decision-making processes. 

About Denver Public Art 

Denver’s Public Art Program was established in 1988 as an Executive Order under Mayor Federico Peña. The order, enacted into Ordinance by  Denver City Council in 1991, directs that 1% of any capital improvement project over $1 million undertaken by the City, be set aside for the  inclusion of art. Over the past 30 years these artworks, along with the historic and donated works of art, make up the City’s Public Art  Collection. The Public Art Collection has expanded the opportunity for Denver residents to experience art in public places. 

About Carpio-Sanguinette Park / Heron Pond 

The park property lies along the South Platte River in the Globeville Neighborhood and is comprised of approximately 80 acres made up of  several separate Denver Parks and City-owned properties, including the Carpio-Sanguinette Park, Heller Open Space and Heron Pond. The park  serves the Globeville and Elyria Swansea neighborhoods as well as the future National Western Center Campus. The park and the Globeville  community have a rich history that needs to be remembered. The Globeville neighborhood was first incorporated as a town in 1891. It was a  community based around the Globe Smelter, once the Holden Smelter, other smelters in the area, the meatpacking industry and stockyards,  and was incorporated into Denver in 1902. There was an early influx of eastern European and Polish immigrants into the neighborhood but  soon the neighborhood became the home for communities of many cultures which added to its strength. As industry became more  mechanized, the economy of the neighborhood declined, and in the 1950s and 60s the construction of the two Interstates, I-25 and I-70,  further negatively impacted Globeville, along with Elyria and Swansea, two other historic neighborhoods in close proximity to the park. Improvements to the park will create a natural refuge and destination that improves and educates about biodiversity, sustainability, history,  community well-being and safety.