The DDA’s Art in Action program began in 2009 and has successfully brought interactive and creative works to Old Town Square every summer. The concept was sparked by the success of a privately-funded project, provided through the generosity of the David Neenan family, in which visitors to Old Town Square enjoyed sculptor Collen Nayonhongo carving a large marble art piece all through the summer of 2007. The resulting sculpture “Transcend” was donated to the City of Fort Collins and is situated at the corner of Maple and Mason Streets.
Pianos About Town
Pianos About Town is a collaborative project between Bohemian Foundation, DDA, and City of Fort Collins’ Art in Public Places. It is a fun, interactive experience creating an additional element of whimsy and surprise to Old Town Fort Collins. The project involves local artists painting murals on pianos at the Art in Action Stage in Old Town Square where the public can watch the creative process and interact with the artists. These colorfully-painted pianos are then rotated about town for the public to enjoy as both musical instruments and works of art. Due to the popularity of the project, Pianos About Town was chosen as the 2012 Art in Action project, showcasing local artists in the Square for another summer.
“Free To Dance” - Jim Lynxwiler
In 2010, local artist Jim Lynxwiler demonstrated the steps for sculpting a life-sized bronze sculpture using the lost wax casting process. Throughout the summer, Jim could be found on Old Town Square, working on the plaster model of the sculpture and interacting with visitors. Two life-sized sculptures entitled “Free to Dance” were placed on the northeast corner of Linden and Walnut Streets, creating a beautiful gateway in Downtown.
Lisa Cameron Paintings
In 2009, a cooperative project between the Art in Public Places Program and the Downtown Development Authority, a painting studio was set up in Old Town Square. During the summer of 2009, visitors to Downtown Fort Collins were charmed by local artist Lisa Cameron as she painted ten steel panels in her vibrant and colorful style. The panels are currently stored and will be assembled into a vertical double-sided sculptural installation that will be integrated into one of the newly renovated downtown alleys.