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Art in the Park Unveiling in Civic Center

Civic Center Conservancy Brings Art to Greek Theatre

Friday, June 21, 2019

Amanda Johnson
Communications and Marketing Manager
Civic Center Conservancy

Civic Center Conservancy Unveils New “Art in the Park” Installation
Floating Textile Panels In Greek Theatre Represent 100 Years in Civic Center Park


DENVER – The Civic Center Conservancy is pleased to announce the unveiling of its second temporary art installation in Denver’s Civic Center Park on Tuesday, June 25th, at 11:30 am in the Greek Amphitheatre.  The nonprofit’s “Art in the Park” program presents local artist Theresa Clowes’ piece “A Narrative Landscape” – a textile installation that will hang within the Greek Theatre to celebrate its 100-year anniversary by visually activating the Colonnades.  Civic Center Conservancy Executive Director Scott Robson, Denver Parks & Recreation Executive Director Happy Haynes and Clowes will speak at a press conference commemorating the special event.

“It’s deeply meaningful for us at the Conservancy to be able to honor Civic Center Park’s 100th birthday with the beautiful work of Theresa Clowes,” said Robson.  “Her ability to represent the story of the Greek Theatre and Civic Center with abstract images and textures, all while highlighting its historic architecture, is the perfect way to celebrate this special year for the park.   And we’re grateful to the collaborative efforts of the Xcel Energy Foundation, Denver Parks & Recreation, Denver Arts & Venues and our curators from Hey Hue, who supported us in every step of this process.”

Those who visit “A Narrative Landscape” will see its representation of layers of time and land through eight hung individual 12’ x 10’ fabric panels.  This historical panorama portrays a hundred years of events, symbols and themes through layers of abstract images and textures.   From afar, viewers experience an elegant ephemeral Colorado vista, while up-close noticeable images of clouds, leaves, words, and people are recognized.  The experience is further enhanced through the contrast of translucent/opaque fabric and the theater’s monumental stone facade.

The Civic Center Conservancy’s Art in the Park program debuted in January of 2018 with the installation of the “Tree of Transformation” – a wooden upright piano with illuminated steel drums attached to the top.  More than 5,000 park visitors enjoyed the unique sounds and imagery the piece provided. Despite the public art being destroyed by vandalism in the summer of 2018, the Conservancy and Xcel Foundation felt it was critical to bring art back to Civic Center for the general public’s enjoyment.
Formed in 2004, the Civic Center Conservancy is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the City and County of Denver restore, enhance and activate Civic Center Park. Through programs such as Civic Center EATS, Independence Eve, Civic Center MOVES and Art in the Park; advocacy around design, infrastructure and policy issues; and fundraising for capital improvements, activities and initiatives that support and revitalize the park, the Civic Center Conservancy aims to elevate and sustain Civic Center Park as Denver’s vibrant, iconic community and cultural hub. For more information, please visit Follow @DenversCivicCenterPark, @CivicCenterEATS, @CivicCenterMOVES and @CivicCenterConservancy on Facebook, @CivicCenterPark on Twitter and @CivicCenterDenver on Instagram.