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Posted on: August 25, 2020

Encounter art in a whole new way; new public art sculptures on display in Castle Rock

Art Encounters 2020

New sculptures are helping brighten up several public places throughout Castle Rock, thanks to a partnership between the Town and the Douglas County Art Encounters program.

Art Encounters provides one-year exhibits of sculptures in retail and civic areas within Douglas County to promote public interest in art, develop community pride and draw visitors to the areas where the sculptures are displayed. 

The seven sculptures that were recently installed in Castle Rock are:

  • “Arebesco,” for sale at $16,000 by artist Reno Carollo, is at the roundabout at Third and Perry streets
  • “Desert Tree of Life,” for sale at $7,000 by artist Suzanne Kane, is at the East Plum Creek Trailhead near Meadows Parkway
  • “Lift,” for sale at $8,000 by artist Charlotte Zink, is at the Castle Rock Museum, 420 Elbert St.
  • “Oculus,” for sale at $5,000 by artist Suzanne Kane, is at Triangle Park, 804 Sixth St.
  • “Storming West,” for sale at $9,000 by artist Justin Deister, is at the Miller Activity Complex, 1375 W. Plum Creek Parkway
  • “Tatanka Ska,” for sale at $27,000 by artist Jacob Novinger, is at Bison Park, 1390 Clear Sky Way
  • “Watershed,” for sale at $10,000 by artist Charlotte Zink, is at Festival Park, 300 Second St.

To borrow the pieces for the year, the Town gives each artist an $800 stipend, which is funded through the Philip S. Miller Trust Fund. No taxpayer money is used to purchase public art in Castle Rock. If sold while on display, a portion of the sculpture purchase goes back to the Town’s public art fund. 

Artists also have a chance to win the People’s Choice Award. The public is encouraged to vote for their favorite piece at douglas.co.us/artencounters. A second opportunity to win an award is through the Judge’s Choice Award. Each year, the Public Art Advisory Committee selects a judge well-versed in public art to review each sculpture and select a winner.

New to public art? Take a self-guided tour through the mobile app Otocast. Download the app from iTunes of Google Play and hear commentary from the artists themselves. The audio guide encourages people to explore and discover art in a new way.

Learn more about the entire Art Encounters program and view photos of the sculptures in Castle Rock at CRgov.com/ArtEncounters.

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