Create Denver re-imagines the City Beautiful Movement
May 06 2013
Create Denver has redesigned a portion of the McNichols Civic Center Building as a creative installation and flexible coworking space, which will be on display May 10-June 23 as part of the City Beautiful 2.0 project.
City Beautiful 2.0 opens on Friday, May 10 from 5-8 p.m. and celebrates the civic and community engagement ideals of the City Beautiful Movement, first championed in Denver in 1904 by former Mayor Robert Speer. The installation includes architectural renderings of the Civic Center’s built environment, textiles, and the natural elements of the park.
The project also includes a coworking space – featuring custom, mobile furniture created by local artists – that is free and open for use during normal McNichols Building hours (10 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Sunday).
“Create Denver is helping to establish the McNichols Building as cultural hub for the city – and we’re officially retiring Create Denver Week so that we can help bring year-round programming and exhibitions to the building,” said Create Denver program manager Lisa Gedgaudas.
“We’ve experimented with the use of space in the building, and we’ve come up with place that will give Denver’s creatives, entrepreneurs, residents and visitors a chance to experience a coworking environment, and that will hopefully generate more ideas on how to integrate the building with its surrounding built environment.”
Come play in the park
Celebrate the beginning of summer on Friday, June 21 from 2-10 p.m. at the McNichols Building and surrounding Civic Center Park. There will be activities such as ping pong, gardening, yoga, picnics and food trucks. A 3-D video mapping display of the history and future evolution of the McNichols Building by Legwork Studio & Ceavco Audio Visual will be projected on the back of the building around 9 p.m.
Artists and collaborators contributing to the City Beautiful 2.0 include: Eric Robert Dallimore (Leon), Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, Matt Scobey (New Yard), Corbin Clay (Azure Furniture), Ethan Jackson, Scott Bennett (Housefish), Jonathan Lamb & Michael Ortiz (Like Minded), Matt FaJohn, Aaron Ray (Legwork Studio), Rick Griffith (MATTER), Kevin Kerndt (Kerndt Design), Amy Fisk, Jared David Paul Anderson (JDP Art Services), Public Coffee, Ceavco Audio Visuals, New Earth Green Depot, and Design Practice LLC.
For more information, please contact Lisa Gedgaudas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 720-865-4260.