July 2019: Transformations artists are hard at work painting 10 new cabinets for the public art collection this summer!
Five artists were hired in 2018 to create a cohesive design concept for The Foundry development downtown. Due to limited site access during construction, artists Lyse Dzija, Katherine Warren Collier, Diane Roeder, Kirsten Savage and Werner Schreiber patiently waited an entire year to paint their designs. The artists chose the seasons and the Big Thompson River as the unifying elements for their designs. Three cabinets are located at the Marriott Hotel and two cabinets are located at The Foundry parking garage.
Werner Schreiber – The Foundry Parking Garage
Congratulations to the five 2019 Transformations Artists! Lisa DuBois, Amelia Furman, Chelsea Gilmore, Anne Thouthip and Charlotte Zink have begun to paint their designs on electrical cabinets located throughout Loveland. (See the list below.)
Triflora Whimsy by Lisa DuBois
May 23, 2019: Five artists’ design proposals will be recommended for the Visual Arts Commission approval at the June 6th VAC meeting. The names of the finalists will be revealed after the commission’s approval. Artists will begin the painting process in late June 2019. Artists selected for the 2018 Transformations Project will gain access to The Foundry site as construction allows.
The Transformations Project, a collaboration between Art in Public Places and the Loveland Power Department, was developed specifically to bring art to the streets and showcase the plethora of talented Northern Colorado painters. Since its inception in 2009, 84 electrical cabinets located along major roadways (and other highly visible locations) have served as creative canvases for one-of-a-kind murals thus, transforming everyday objects into unique works of art. There are currently 77 transformed cabinets engaging the Loveland community. (Seven early designs have been “retired from service” due to equipment failures.)
In 2018, five artists served on the artist team to create thematic cabinets for The Foundry redevelopment project. The team chose to use the seasons, the elements and the Big Thompson River as their common design elements. Transformations artists are expected to begin painting this spring once the construction site becomes accessible. We anticipate those cabinets to be completed by late August 2019. Five additional artists will be selected in 2019 for cabinets located throughout Loveland.