Libeskind has generally enjoyed goodwill here since he started designing the Denver Art Museums almost-completed Frederic C. Hamilton Building in 2000, but the Civic Center is more like the World Trade Center site: Both commissions are absolute quagmires of people and politics. Because while the conservancy funded the concept paper, the private citizens group is essentially just a fundraiser and idea generator. The city has final approval over any changes that take place at the Civic Center, and any modifications must synch with the Civic Center Park Master Plan, which was completed in October 2005 and does call for things like coffee kiosks at the northeast and southeast corners. (See the June 15 article Civic Duty at www.westword.com for more details on the plan and the parks history.) But whatever Libeskind proposes, there will be art attacks galore.
Be sure to stop by for the spectacle.
Thu., Sept. 14, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; Tue., Oct. 10, 5:30-7:30 p.m.