Downtown Denver is bringing back art aimed at making 16th Street Mall ‘authentic, self-sustaining’

Artists can submit applications to the Downtown Denver Partnership until 10 a.m. May 15.

Wheels Go Round by Kate Davis Studio (Larry Laszlo/CoMedia)
Wheels Go Round by Kate Davis Studio (Larry Laszlo/CoMedia)
Wheels Go Round by Kate Davis Studio (Larry Laszlo/CoMedia)

The Downtown Denver Partnership is bringing back its Street Prototyping Series this summer and calling for artists to submit ideas aimed at changing how people think about public spaces like the 16th Street Mall.

Artists can submit applications to the Downtown Denver Partnership until 10 a.m. May 15. Accepted submissions are expected to go up July 8 and stay on 16th Street Mall through at least Sept. 4.

“We are pleased to once again showcase community-driven ideas that support the 16th Street Mall’s future as an authentic, self-sustaining place that is supported by the entire community,” said Adam Perkins, urban planning manager for the Downtown Denver Partnership, in a statement. “The 2017 Prototyping Series will play a significant role in enhancing the Downtown experience for the nearly 1 million people who visit the Mall each month, and we look forward to helping bring these engaging, place-making concepts to life.”

Accepted submissions will receive a $3,000 stipend to support project creation and installation. This is the partnership’s second year running the prototyping series. The 2017 Prototyping Series will incubate three of the successful prototypes from last year’s Downtown Denver Prototyping Festival: Wheels Go Round, Ghost Tree and Rainbow Street Seating.

Rainbow Street Seating by Nick Fish, Yong Huang, Tony Yue, AtelierHAY and WorthGroup (Larry Laszlo/CoMedia)
Rainbow Street Seating by Nick Fish, Yong Huang, Tony Yue, AtelierHAY and WorthGroup (Larry Laszlo/CoMedia)

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