EVENT CATEGORY: Call For Artists


  • Mon, Feb 1, 2021 - Sat, Mar 13, 2021

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Compensation (Budget, Stipend, etc):

The City of Thornton, in collaboration with the Thornton Arts, Sciences and Humanities Council (TASHCO), is seeking to commission original public art. This project hopes for two outcomes that can both be accomplished by the commissioned artist: 

  1. If possible, and depending on state of material, the removal and preservation of existing tiles that can be repurposed into indoor pieces.
  2. A reimagining of the wall with new and unique work that speaks to the location, has a positive visual impact and welcomes visitors to the facility space.

The final work should push Thornton into a contemporary setting; becoming a destination-city engaged in conversations on art and culture.

Artists are strongly encouraged to explore contemporary materials, themes, and utilize interdisciplinary practices to meet the scope of the project.

Thornton's Peace Wall is located in front of the Margaret Carpenter Recreation Center located at 11151 Colorado Boulevard. The 2003 piece was created in response to the September 11th attacks. In the wake of 9/11, people around the world looked for positive ways to deal with their anger, their disbelief and their fear. The Thornton Peace Wall was proposed to help children express their emotions, unlock their imaginations and be a catharsis for the events. The wall served as a reminder that peace begins at home.

Since its 2003 installation the Peace Wall has undergone damage due to Colorado's extreme weather and use of materials unfit for outdoor installation. The 2021 project will commission an artist to meet two needs:

  1. Phase I: Remove the existing tiles from their original location and re-imagine them into unique works that can be enjoyed by residents as indoor 2D works and continue to honor the original goal of the 2003 project through new life.
  2. Phase II: Working to utilize the existing wall as a foundation to re-imagine and re-activate the space with new and creative work. The existing wall is approximately 6-feet high by 25-feet long.

For all details, including a link to view photos of the existing wall, go to the APPLICATION LINK.