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Take Me There Maybe Later
  • Title

    City of the Sun

  • Artist

    Gemma Danielle

  • Location

    Cherry Creek Trail

  • Neighborhood


  • Year


  • Artwork Type

    Mural Paintings

  • Material

    acrylic paint and ink

What People Are Saying

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  • 6 people say Photogenic

  • 4 people say Love it

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  • 1 people say Family Friendly


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About This Piece

This blue and gold mural along the Cherry Creek trail is a prayer mandala, with each of the painted lines representing a repeated prayer. Emphasizing the medium of time and intention, the mural includes an overwhelming number of interconnected white and gold lines. Reminiscent of a celestial night sky, the central gold geometric mandala radiates as a reflection of the Sun, surrounded by neighboring stars and the dark matter between. The central geometric mandala is based on Pythagorean mathematics, utilizing the ratio proportion of Phi, a proportion found everywhere in nature. According to the artist, Gemma Danielle, the mural could also be interpreted as the self being represented by the central gold mandala, with all the surrounding golden circles representing the people in our network of connections.

During the mural's creation, Gemma Danielle conducted a sound performance on the Full Moon Total Lunar Eclipse.

"City of the Sun" was recognized by Americans for the Arts Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review in 2016. The Year in Review annually recognizes outstanding public art projects that represent the most compelling work for the year from across the country and beyond. Two or more public art professionals serve as jurors to review hundreds of project applications and select up to 50 projects to highlight the most compelling public artworks. The PAN Year in Review is the only national program that specifically recognizes public art projects. Read more.

Read more about the mural in a Colorado Public Radio story