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Transforming the Roundabout at Heritage Road and Kimball Avenue

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Where is the intended location for the mother elk and two calves?

The roundabout is at Kimball Avenue and Heritage Road. Heritage Road connects to U.S. 40, which parallels the Hogback to I-70. Going north, Heritage Road connects to 6th Avenue.  Map

2. Why start this Art Project Now?

Major reconstruction of Heritage Road occurred during 2014-2015 and included building a new roundabout at Kimball Avenue. A suggestion from a city councilor at a public meeting raised the possibility of this being a good place for public art.

3. Why place anything in the middle of a roundabout?

Placing art works (Johnson Road roundabout) or large vegetation features (King Soopers roundabout) in the middle of roundabouts are designed to block the view looking across the roundabouts. These visual barriers allow drivers to focus on looking left towards oncoming traffic. Blocking the middle also prevents headlight glare that can occur looking across a roundabout. In practice, drivers on roundabouts often look both left and right as they enter the roundabouts. The glare issue is experienced at the tiny 4th Avenue roundabout.

4. Why is AWEGO a groundbreaking approach to Golden's Public Art?

Prior to 2016, all public art was donated or loaned to the City. The medallion art that was placed near the Golden Library in 2016 was the first public art bought by the Golden Public Art Commission (PAC). This commission was established by the City Council in 2013. The AWEGO project is the first ever community-initiated public art project for the city. It is groundbreaking as there were no existing policies, procedures or even thought given to such an endeavor. We are establishing a way by which other Golden areas and neighborhoods might initiate public art projects in the future.

5. Why wouldn't the Public Art Commission plan for art in the South Area?

Public art in Golden is concentrated in the downtown area and along Clear Creek. There is only one piece on Golden Road and a new piece planned for the King Soopers roundabout. Unlike the City's Neighborhood Plans and specialty Master Plans that were developed with resident input, there is no "Master Public Art Plan" for city or neighborhood art for Golden's different areas, including the South Area.

6. Do different neighborhoods and Golden Areas need to have the same type of art?

No. Different Golden areas may want different types of art works in terms of style or in materials. What makes any town interesting is the diversity of shopping, residences, civic and social groups, museums, parks and art works. The Kimball Avenue roundabout is on Heritage Road and is adjacent to the historic Bachman farm and ranch. It is also located near where the Golden elk herd hangs out in the future park and open space area (to the east of Heritage Road), and the backdrop is of the rugged ridges of the Hogback. In this location, the mother elk and two calves fits this area of Golden.

7. Does this art project have anything to do with the potential decommissioning of Golden's art?

No. The six pieces of art that are in question were "knock-offs" by Chinese art companies of American artists works and designed primarily for "backyard art." These are made of brass, which includes a lot of soft zinc. The "knock-offs" are not easily maintained and are hard to repair. "Protecting the Future" will be an original art piece made of harder bronze known to stand up over time.

8. How was the artist selected?

Christine Knapp was selected through an RFP (Request for Proposal) process and a close assessment of her work in line with the criteria as stated in the RFP. This included a willingness to work with the Public Art Commission, to assist AWEGO in fundraising events, and to provide demonstrations and discussion in school art classes. Christine fully met the criteria. Not all artists are willing to adapt their art to the requirements of the site or assist in community fundraising events or have the teaching skills to help students learn about sculptured art. In addition to making original art, Christine conducts classes and workshops on sculpture.

9. Could an existing statue of "Protecting the Future" be acquired?

No. At the suggestion of the Public Art Commission, an extensive search of public art and artists websites showed many large male elk statues with large antlers (female elk do not have antlers) but not a single statue of a female elk, much less with a calf or even two calves.

10. How will the Art Work be protected?

The statues will be mounted on thick slabs (24" to 32") of Colorado buff rock from local Colorado quarries. These heavy slabs weigh many tons and are located within the "Safe Area" shown on the engineering drawing of the roundabout. Around the slabs are large rugged rocks within which will be planted ornamental grass. The art area will be surrounded with the six-inch concrete ring. There is electrical conduit in place to light the statues at night.

11. If the full $27,500 is not raised, what happens to these funds?

In the unlikely event that the full matching funds are not raised within two years of the contract date (between PAC and AWEGO, donors will be contacted to see if they want their donations returned to them or be used for public art, especially in the south area of Golden.

12. Is raising this amount in Golden doable?

Yes, knowledgeable people say that this is possible. There is so much community pride shown by residents, business owners, and people who work in Golden that we believe this public art project is very doable. Public art is one way by which Golden residents and business owners can demonstrate their pride.

13. How can I donate to AWEGO?

There are easy options to donate whether by credit card or check and these are shown on the donation page of the website. If you want to make a cash donation, please email AWEGO, and we will have a volunteer pick up your donation if in the local area. Our volunteers have business cards showing their names.

14. How can I volunteer to work with AWEGO?

On the homepage click "Volunteer" for a list of opportunities to volunteering. If you have professional skills and talents to offer, please contact us by email from our homepage. Don't worry if you only have a little time to give, we are very flexible and will accommodate all schedules. Volunteers can work as little as an hour a month or as much as 8 hours a month--whatever you can give! We'd love to hear from you. Send us an email, and we'll be in contact.

15. What does volunteering involve?

In community fundraising there are numerous ways that you can help as a volunteer, no matter how much time you can offer. For example, fundraising events require writing announcements and creating promotional materials for online and physical postings. Some volunteers enjoy setting up for an event or adding features that make the event memorable. Other volunteers are needed to staff a table at an event to hand out information and describe the art project. Other volunteers are needed to package and deliver Elk Dropping Bags (chocolates) to retailers. Other volunteers are needed to take photos and write text for the Facebook page and others to contact business owners for sponsorships. If you can volunteer, we can use you.

16. Why is there a spruce tree where the art statues are to be placed?

The "Charlie Brown tree" was placed there by the City of Golden as temporary landscaping as there was much public criticism about existing or lack of roundabout landscaping on Heritage Road. It will be manually water by the Parks & Recreation Department and is small so that it can be easily transplanted at a later date to an existing city park.

17. Other Questions?

If you have other questions, please send an email to AWEGO.




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