Public Art

Ridgefest 2016

Favorite Public Art Piece Results
1. "Red, White and True Blue" - 34 votes
2. "She Ain't Heavy" - 21 votes
3. "Discovering the Stars" - 20 votes
4. "Truth" - 18 votes
5. "Natural Impressions" - 13 votes
6. "What Has Stood Shall Always Be" - 7 votes
7. "Seasons" - 5 votes
8. "Symbols in Stone" & "Symbols in Stone II" - 2 votes each
As a community attentive to its cultural life, the City of Wheat Ridge recognizes the importance of art. Public art enhances the quality of life in Wheat Ridge and benefits its citizens and the community at-large. The City established the groundwork for an expanded public art program in 2002. This program has enabled the City to implement the acquisition of artwork for interior and exterior locations accessible to the public.  Public art acquisition and selection is coordinated through the Cultural Commission


The Wheat Ridge Community Foundation accepts donations to support public art.


Public Art Management Plan

Public Works of Art

The following list is not inclusive of all artwork owned by the City, but rather a list of artwork accessible to the public located throughout the City.

Symbols in Stone

The Children’s Art Tile Project
Designer: Barry Rose
Description: The artwork consists of etched flagstone tiles.
Locations: Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St. - two installations inside; and
Wheat Ridge City Hall, 7500 West 29th Ave. - one installation outside, on the west wall

What Has Stood, Shall Always Be

Designer: Joshua Wiener
Description: The marble, stone, and concrete sculpture represents a fallen tree in three ways: a tree that is turning into birds and fish at its roots, a glacier moving through the mountains, and as the surface of the earth distributed with sedimentary and igneous stones in relation to water.
Location: Founders Park, 3705 Jay St.

Natural Impressions

Designer: Carol Schneider Fennell
Description: Each hand-carved clay tile box relates to the recreation center, the community, and serve as windows to the past, present, and future.
Location: Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St. - installations in the conference room and upstairs


Designer: Carol Schneider Fennell
Description: The hand-carved clay tile boxes represent the leaves of Jefferson County: Rocky Mountain Maple, Narrow leaf Cottonwood, Gamble Oak, Aspen, Hawthorn, and Mahogany. Location: Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St. - one installation inside, near front desk

She Ain't Heavy

Designer: Walt Horton
Description: Bronze sculpture of children with kite. 1997, installed April, 2002
Location: Wheat Ridge Recreation Center, 4005 Kipling St. - outside, north side of building