Voices

WeCAN is excited to share that the West Colfax Neighborhood won a P.S. You Are Here Grant award to install a community arts installation from a local artist! WeCAN has partnered with local musician, Michael McKee, to implement a community arts installation in the Lakewood Gulch! According to Mayor Michael Hancock, the P.S. You Are Here Grant seeks to strengthen public spaces in Denver and promote vibrant communities as a destination to live, work, and play. Eight projects are awarded each year. Our project was chosen because of our desire to use this project to activate a crucial community resource, as well as to celebrate the diversity of our community.

The installation will place 50 wind chimes in strategic sequence throughout the Lakewood Gulch, stretching from Federal Boulevard to Sheridan Boulevard. Chimes will be rung by a metal clapper in concert with kinetic movement past them, be it the light rail train, bikers, or the wind. Each chime structure will rise approximately eight feet above the ground and will be partly hidden by the tall grass in the Gulch. They will be built in a durable fashion to facilitate active interaction with neighborhood children and withstand the impact of inclement weather. As patrons of the Gulch pass through the installation, they will hear different pitches in succession (melody) or together (chords).

Neighborhood artists and children will be invited to decorate the wind chime structures, and neighborhood-based musicians will compose pitch progressions. WeCAN and Mr. McKee are planning a series of events at local schools to decorate the structures later this spring. We will need donations of materials and tools to make the project successful (list forthcoming). We are very excited to move forward with such an exciting project, which demonstrates the City’s commitment to the vibrancy of our neighborhood.