March 1, 2024

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Two contested statues won’t return to Denver’s Civic Center park as city audits remaining public art

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Two controversial statues that came down during racial justice protests in downtown Denver in the summer of 2020 won’t return to their pedestals.

The fraught tributes to European colonizers will stay in storage until the community gets a chance to weigh in on what to do with them. At the same time, the city is embarking on a $500,000 survey of the remaining works displayed in Civic Center park and will move forward on plans to overhaul the park’s Greek Amphitheatre to make it accessible to all.

“I really hope that through this audit we will potentially uncover histories from the works and Civic Center park that we did not know before,” said Tariana Navas-Nieves, director of cultural affairs for Denver Arts & Venues. “I don’t know if there will be any future…

Stephanie Wolf

2024-02-12 04:10:00

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