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August 24, 2016 - The City of Boulder Office of Arts and Culture Introduces Art With Impermanence Through “Experiments in Public Art”

Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016
Media contacts:
Mandy Vink, Office of Arts and Culture, 303-441-4342
Jennifer Bray, Library and Arts, 303-441-4160

The City of Boulder Office of Arts and Culture introduces art with impermanence through “Experiments in Public Art”

Experiments in Public Art is the first project geared at reinventing Boulder’s public art program. Artists were selected through a project-specific selection panel, and developed concepts over the course of the last year. Now with nearly 10 artists at the helm, these works will occur across Boulder’s unique public places throughout the course of the year, and all are free and open to the public. 

Participating artists include: Emma Hardy (Jamestown, CO), Matthew Mazzotta (Canton, NY), Markus Dorninger (Vienna, Austria), Rebecca DiDomenico (Boulder, CO), Ana Maria Hernando (Boulder, CO), The Art Guys (Houston, TX), Ethan Jackson (Questa, NM), Michael Theodore (Boulder, CO), and Mary Mattingly (Brooklyn, NY).

Many of these projects are designed as catalysts for conversation, and have an opportunity to be more timely and concentrated than permanent installations. One example is Matthew Mazzotta’s “Harm to Table,” in which the artist has constructed a mobile dining experience and the menu features items including plants and natural resources of the area that will be in major decline or extinct over the next 20-40 years due to changing climate. Mazzotta worked with Boulder’s top climate scientists and chefs to develop an opportunity in which seemingly abstract data is translated into something physical, something digestible:

“Ponderosa Osha Kombucha” created in partnership with Rowdy Mermaid Kombucha
“Wild sarsaparilla & Sweet Grass Soup” created in partnership with Chef Tim Hessenbruch
“Chocolate financiers with local bee pollen” created in partnership with Fortuna Chocolate

Mazzotta’s first dining experience occurs at 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Main Boulder Public Library, 1001 Arapahoe Ave., on the plaza in front of the Canyon Gallery entrance, on the north side of Boulder Creek. For additional information on Experiments in Public Art and a calendar of events, please visit

The Office of Arts and Culture is implementing Boulder’s Community Cultural Plan. Through a set of programs including cultural grants, public art, initiatives for artists, the creative economy, and research, the Office of Arts and Culture seeks to facilitate an alignment in the community around our collective Vision for Culture: Together, we will craft Boulder’s social, physical, and cultural environment to include creativity as an essential ingredient for the wellbeing, prosperity, and joy of everyone in the community. For more information, visit