LOOK: This giant wooden hand in the Maven Hotel means LoDo’s Dairy Block is nearing completion

Colorado artist Andrew Ramiro Tirado hung a massive hand made of found wood today in the lobby of the yet-unopened Maven Hotel.

A giant wooden hand by Colorado artist Andrew Ramiro Tirado. The Dairy Block, Mar. 1, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A giant wooden hand by Colorado artist Andrew Ramiro Tirado. The Dairy Block, Mar. 1, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) dairy block; food; the maven hotel; public art; development; construction; ballpark; lodo; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
A giant wooden hand by Colorado artist Andrew Ramiro Tirado. The Dairy Block, Mar. 1, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Colorado artist Andrew Ramiro Tirado hung a massive hand made of found wood today in the lobby of the yet-unopened Maven Hotel, the chic ballpark-area digs whose lobby will host public market space and at least one new restaurant. The hanging of the hand means this development, better known as the Dairy Block, will soon be complete.

Julie Dunn of Sage Hospitality, one company behind the multi-use project, said the hand fits into the Dairy Block’s hand-made aesthetic. The businesses that will soon fill the space will peddle hand-made food and crafts, Dunn said, harkening back to a
century ago when the space was actually an old-fashioned dairy.

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“Dairy Block is all about celebrating makers,” Dunn said.

As for the hand, it took about four months to make, weighs about 300 pounds, and is posed as if it were plucked from the image of God adorning the Sistine Chapel. Meant to be enjoyed from all angles, Tirado said, the piece will be right at home surrounded by hand crafters.

A giant wooden hand by Colorado artist Andrew Ramiro Tirado. The Dairy Block, Mar. 1, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) dairy block; food; the maven hotel; public art; development; construction; ballpark; lodo; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
A giant wooden hand hanging in the Dairy Block. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
The future Poka Lola Social Club inside the Dairy Block, Mar. 1, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) dairy block; food; the maven hotel; public art; development; construction; ballpark; lodo; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
The future Poka Lola Social Club inside the Dairy Block. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
An untitled work by Diego Rodriguez-Warner. The Dairy Block, Mar. 1, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) dairy block; food; the maven hotel; public art; development; construction; ballpark; lodo; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
An untitled work by Diego Rodriguez-Warner. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Kachina, a restaurant soon to inhabit the Dairy Block, Mar. 1, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) dairy block; food; the maven hotel; public art; development; construction; ballpark; lodo; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
Kachina, a restaurant soon to inhabit the Dairy Block. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
The Dairy Block, Mar. 1, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) dairy block; food; the maven hotel; public art; development; construction; ballpark; lodo; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
The Dairy Block. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
A giant wooden hand and its creator, Colorado artist Andrew Ramiro Tirado. The Dairy Block, Mar. 1, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) dairy block; food; the maven hotel; public art; development; construction; ballpark; lodo; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
A giant wooden hand and its creator, Colorado artist Andrew Ramiro Tirado. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
A giant wooden hand and its creator, Colorado artist Andrew Ramiro Tirado. The Dairy Block, Mar. 1, 2017. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) dairy block; food; the maven hotel; public art; development; construction; ballpark; lodo; denver; colorado; denverite; kevinjbeaty;
A giant wooden hand and its creator, Colorado artist Andrew Ramiro Tirado. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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