The free tours — which includes both walking and bike versions — spirit visitors around the city’s biggest and most noteworthy public art pieces while imparting the behind-the-scenes details of their creation and installation.
“The first tours started three years ago with the Convention Center and the Performing Arts Complex, and the second year we added the Civic Center tour and one bicycle tour — the LoDo tour,” said Rudi Cerri, who supervises Denver’s Percent-for-Art program, among various other projects.
“This year we expanded the bike tour to include Stapleton,” he said. “And they have been very popular — especially the bike tour, which ’sold out’ the first day.”
The tours kick off at various locations on Saturday and Sunday mornings June through October, including Civic Center Park, the Colorado Convention Center, the Ellie Caulkins Opera House and Stapleton’s Founders Fountain. Visitors will get the lowdown on such pieces as the Convention Center’s “big blue bear,” the Performer Arts Center’s “dancing aliens,” the Denver Public Library and dozens more artworks and architectural pieces around town.
Like last year, the tours — one hour by foot or two hours by bicycle — are free but limited to 15 people each, so be sure to make reservations with Cerri at 720-865-4307 or rudi.cerri(at)denvergov.org.