Denver mural wins national arts award

The "City of the Sun" mural on the Cherry Creek bike path at Speer Boulevard and Blake Street was honored by Americans for the Arts, a nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in the United States.

The mural by artist Gemma Danielle was designed as a prayer wheel reminiscent of the night sky with a central mandala in gold. The artwork, funded through Denver Arts & Venues' Urban Arts Fund, spans nearly 1,000 square feet and is inspired by both mathematics and nature. 

"Artworks made possible by the Urban Arts Fund are an exciting and integral part of the Denver Public Art Program," says Mary Valdez, public art program coordinator for Denver Arts & Venues, which manages the fund. "Not only do the works beautify Denver, but through the 115 murals we have completed thus far, we have abated 200,000 square feet of graffiti-prone areas and engaged more than 2,000 youth to participate in Urban Arts Fund projects."

Americans for the Arts honors 38 outstanding public arts projects created in 2015 through the Public Art Network Year in Review program.  The works were chosen from 260 entries across the country and recognized June 17 at Americans for the Arts' 2016 Annual Convention in Boston.

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