ART WITH ELK IN GOLDEN
Who We Are
Meet the Artist
Transforming the Roundabout at Heritage Road and Kimball Avenue
The Public Art Commission has scheduled an unveiling ceremony on
Saturday, April 27, 2019, weather-permitting.
Artist Christine Knapp finished the statue and delivered it to the City
of Golden in December. Installation has been delayed due to the
AWEGO had a booth at the Public Art Commission Open House on July 18,
2018 which took place at the Foothills Art Center.
The completed clay model is transported to the mold maker at the end of
May 2018. The mold maker will cut the clay model into manageable
pieces in preparation for the pouring of the bronze by the foundry in
May 2018 - AWEGO reviews two bids for building the colored concrete base
for the "Protecting the Future" art piece.
May 23, 2018 - National award-winning artist Christine Knapp shows the
completed roundabout-sized clay model of "Protecting the Future" to AWEGO
members. The clay model is impressive.
January 2018 - AWEGO welcomes in the new year with a concerted focus on
securing the quarried rock base. Installation of the base and public art
piece will be coordinated with the City of Golden Public Works Department.
AWEGO signs a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Golden.
By the end of December, The Red Wagon Gift and Garden Shop on Washington
Avenue sold over 1,100
Elk Dropping bags that contributed to community fundraising.
In December the City of Golden and Christine Knapp, the artist, sign the first ever
artist contract and receives a "Commence to Work" order. The making of the
public art piece begins. The statue completion schedule is set for late
summer to early fall.
Through the generosity of the community and key donors,
in November AWEGO's funds are provided to the City of Golden to meet the required
match by the Public Art Commission. Another important milestone!
On August 31, 2017 AWEGO set up a table at Shelton Elementary School's
Back-to-School Night. Members of AWEGO had numerous conversations with
the parents and provided free stickers to the youth, information handouts to
the adults, and free tasting of Elk Droppings for all. A successful
Volunteers staffed the AWEGO booth at the Golden Farmers Market on July
1, 2017. This successful event raised a couple of hundred dollars and
allowed us to have numerous conversations with Golden residents that raised public awareness of the roundabout art project. Many people admired the
beautiful bronze miniature of the future life-size statue and complimented
Christine Knapp's artistic work. Art work donated by local elementary
school students and two Golden resident artists helped raise funds for the
project in generous donations. Shoppers also enjoyed the Elk Dropping
April 27, 2017, Christine Knapp provided AWEGO with a 15-inch bronze of "Protecting the Future" along with a Certificate of Authenticity
of Arist's Proof #1. This is an accurate scale model of the life-sized
statue that will be built at the Heritage Road / Kimball Avenue roundabout.
AWEGO will be conducting a communitywide drawing as part of the fundraising for
this valuable bronze piece of original art.
On April 19, 2017 AWEGO had a table at the "Meet & Greet" for Don Kennell
at the Foothills Art Center. Mr. Kennell is the artist of "Rocky
Mountain Hummer," the colorful new hummingbird public art piece at the King
Soopers roundabout on South Golden Road.
AWEGO set up a table at the Golden High School PTA's annual Chili
Cook-off on February 23, 2017. Although it was a cold, snowy evening, there
was a good attendance. AWEGO did very well at this event, introducing people
to the project, answering questions, and acquainting them with Elk
Droppings. The first Elk Bucket was part of the table display.
The January/February 2017 City of Golden's full-page Informer
"Setting a New Precedent for Public Art"
describes the new precedent AWEGO is setting with pictures of the artist and
the elk family sculpture.
AWEGO is participating in Colorado Gives Day (Dec 6). Meaningful
donations can be made in support of a neighborhood or the Golden community.
The Golden Civic Foundation is our fiscal partner, making your donation
Four hundred bags of AWEGO's
Elk Droppings were the table gifts for all the attendees at the Golden Civic
Annual Gala and Auction held on November 12, 2016.
Christine Knapp will make 15-inch
table bronzes of the sculpture for sale that can help AWEGO in fundraising.
AWEGO agreed with Christine's name for the entire artwork as "Protecting the
Future." A contest will be held for naming the two calves.
At the November 3, 2016 meeting of
the Golden Public Art Commission, an important milestone was reached when a
unanimous vote by the Commissioners approved the maquette for the mother elk
and two calves sculpture. Christine Knapp, the artist, showed the clay model
of the future sculpture for the roundabout and answered commissioners
During October, bags of Elk
Droppings were selling quite well in some stores. See the list on the
website page under Purchases for locations.
On October 1, 2016 the annual
neighborhood Blocktoberfest was held in Heritage Dells, and AWEGO had a
table showing off the new banner and provided updated information to the
At the July 2016 Golden Public Art
Commission meeting, the commissioners approved Christine Knapp as the artist
for the roundabout project and commissioned the making of a maquette (clay
model) to be presented at the November 2016 meeting. The payment for the
maquette was split between residents contributing to AWEGO and the Public
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