Through vision, hard work and collaboration, Loveland has created a large, diverse public art collection that creates a sense of place and purpose. Here you will find sculpture on the way to the grocery store, in residential neighborhoods, in front of banks and offices, and in parks and playgrounds. Artistic expression abounds, creating the rich tapestry that makes Loveland unique among Colorado communities.
Per the City’s public art ordinance, artwork is placed within the City’s right-of-way, parks, infrastructure projects and City buildings where it can be enjoyed by the public. Loveland’s public art collection is unique as 68% of the value of the collection has been donated to the City by individual artists, community organizations and private donors. This distinction makes Loveland very unique when compared to other municipalities.
The Loveland High Plains Arts Council remains the City’s largest donor, having gifted the City with the sculptures on display in Benson Sculpture Garden and the recent expansion into Benson Sculpture Garden at North Lake Park. Over the past 32 years, proceeds from the annual Sculpture in the Park have funded multiple capital projects within the two parks, as well as the fine art collection.
Loveland’s public art collection is on display throughout the community. One may also enjoy the collection by viewing online through the Public Art Archive. The Public Art Archive™ is a growing database and mobile website of completed public artworks from around the world. Additionally, the Public Art Archive™ project is a series of focused efforts to increase the visibility of public artworks in communities through education and engagement initiatives. Art in Public Places staff continues to add artwork to this searchable database throughout the year.
Only have a limited amount of time to view public art? Be sure to visit these locations: