Jun 10, 2016
DENVER, Jun. 10, 2016 – Mayor Michael B. Hancock, joined by Executive Director of Denver Parks and Recreation, Happy Haynes, Denver Arts & Venues Director of Cultural Affairs, Tariana Navas-Nieves, Deputy Consul General of Mexico, Jeremias Guzmán, and sculptor, Jorge Marín, today celebrated the formal opening of the Wings of the City sculpture exhibit at Commons Park.
Wings of the City includes nine large-scale bronze sculptures created by Jorge Marín, a renowned contemporary Mexican sculptor. Included in the exhibit is the famous sculpture Wings of México, featuring two monumental bronze wings that allow park visitors to become part of the artwork.
Before arriving in Denver, Wings of the City traveled to various cities throughout the United States, including Brownsville, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and San Antonio. The original artwork has been exhibited on the Paseo de la Reforma, one of Mexico’s most important avenues, since 2010, where they create a singular mythical urban environment. To date, more than one million people have visited the exhibition.
“This project is a piece of Denver’s planned summer activities to make downtown the center of summer fun for residents and visitors,” Mayor Michael B. Hancock said. “Denver is extremely proud to display this international exhibit in order to promote a sense of community in our parks and public spaces.”
Wings of the City is part of The Outdoor Downtown, Denver Parks and Recreation’s strategic planning effort to activate the urban core and enrich the overall downtown experience. The exhibit will be set along the promenade at Commons Park, near 16th Street and Little Raven Street and will be on display from June 10 – Sept. 30.
“The exhibit is one element of Denver Parks and Recreation’s plan to invest in downtown’s parks and public spaces. Through the process of developing The Outdoor Downtown plan, strong public interest was expressed to enhance art and culture in parks and public open spaces,” said Happy Haynes, Executive Director of Denver Parks and Recreation. “This project offers park visitors a place to gather, reflect, interact and celebrate acclaimed international art.”
"Art is the universal language that unites us as human beings,” said the artist, Jorge Marín. “And in the public space, is a tool to generate more reflective and peaceful societies."
As part of the exhibition, Denver Parks and Recreation has launched a photo contest that park visitors can enter by taking creative photos of the art and posting them on social media using the hashtag, #WingsofTheCityDenver. The photo contest will run from June 10 – Sept. 1. More information can be found at www.denvergov.org/parksandrecreation
Wings of the City is presented by Denver Parks and Recreation in collaboration with Denver Arts & Venues, the Consulate General of Mexico in Denver, Mexican Cultural Center, Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation and The Riverfront Park Community Foundation.
About Denver Parks and Recreation
Denver Parks and Recreation (DPR) facilities are unrivaled in the Rocky Mountain West. The DPR system spans over a 148-year history, from the first park created in 1868 to nearly 20,000 acres of urban parks and mountain parkland today. For more information, visit www.denvergov.org/parksandrecreation, check us out on YouTube,
About The Outdoor Downtown
Denver Parks & Recreation and the Downtown Denver Partnership are collaborating on an exciting, comprehensive master plan for downtown Denver’s parks and public spaces. The 20-year plan will focus on investment in downtown’s parks and public spaces to enhance the quality of life by creating a sustainable, vibrant downtown that is economically healthy and growing. This effort is intended to build upon Denver Parks and Recreation’s Master Plan (The Game Plan) and to support and promote the five key Vision Elements from the 2007 Downtown Area Plan. For More information, visit www.theoutdoordowntown.com
About The Riverfront Park Community Foundation
The Riverfront Park Community Foundation was established in 2000 to foster excellence, diversity and opportunity in the downtown Denver community, primarily in education and the arts. The Foundation has forged a strong voice in the arts and education communities in Denver and continues to have a strong impact on the Riverfront neighborhood and the city. The Foundation is committed to making both Riverfront Park and downtown Denver a better place to live.
About Wings of the City
The Wings of the City is an urban artistic project that includes nine large-scale bronze sculptures focused on promoting a dialogue between the public and the artwork, through highlighting the esthetic experience of any person who walks by and views it. Jorge Marín has participated in over 200 exhibitions in Mexico and around the world, including the United States, United Kingdom, Latin America and Europe. His Wings, originally displayed on Paseo de la Reforma in Mexico City, are part of the project called eight cities eight cultures; having already installed as part of this, monumental sculptures in public roads in the cities of: Mexico, DF , Berlin, Germany and Tel-Aviv, Israel, becoming iconic reference of his work.
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