Denver Arts & Venues announced the completion of three new pieces in the Denver Public Art Collection.

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Two of the new pieces are on display in the Smiley Branch and Byers Branch of the Denver Public Libraries. Another piece was installed at Paco Sanchez Park in Denver.

“We love our Denver Public Library system and can’t wait for all of the branches to open again,” said Michael Chavez, manager of the Public Art Program. “These two new additions as well as the fantastic and fitting homage to Paco Sanchez by Carlos Frésquez are perfect for any location and I look forward to residents discovering them.”

> Video above: What kind of art is that in Denver City Park?

Denver Arts & Venues said the city’s public arts program includes more than 60 ongoing public art projects. Launched in 1988, the program sees 1% of all capital improvement projects over $ 1 million conducted by the City of Denver be earmarked for the inclusion of new public art.

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A life cycle story

“A Life Cycle Story” by Maureen Hearty of Joes, Colo., Is an interactive steel grid sculpture located near the south-facing exterior of the Smiley Branch Library in Denver.

Steel plates contain excerpts from pictures of dandelions, which reflect a playful plot of dandelions and small birds. Six sculptural screens are connected by aluminum tubes that act as interactive sound components.

Visitors can also borrow a hammer from the main library desk to “play” the sculpture.

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Time is a friend of the future, not an enemy of the past

“Time is a friend of the future, not an enemy of the past” by Valerie Savarie of Denver is a large, functional watch created from a vintage encyclopedia set. The piece was installed over a mantelpiece in the Byers Public Library.

Savarie selected participants from the community for Silhouette profiles on each cover of the encyclopedias. The three-dimensional sculpture uses layers of exposed sides for the collage.

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Long live Paco

The Denver artist Carlos Frésquez created a piece entitled “Que Viva Paco” in honor of Francisco “Paco” Sanchez, who started the first Spanish-language radio station in Denver in 1954. The piece was installed in Paco Sanchez Park near West 13th Avenue and Knox Court.

The sculpture consists of three stainless steel discs painted in the colors of the US and Mexican flags. The discs represent the Mexican and Latin American music that Paco would “spin” over the local radio waves.

For more information about these projects and other artworks in the Denver Public Art Collection, visit

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