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