City Sites

Denver is chock-full of public art, from the Civic Center to the kingdom of Stapleton, but the best way to really see it is with a docent who knows exactly where and how to find it. That’s why the Denver Office of Cultural Affairs began offering its popular and free Public Art Tours three years ago, which have now expanded from two to five routes, including two designed specifically for folks pedaling bicycles.

Today, you can choose to walk or ride: A Central Platte Valley Bike Tour leaves City of Cuernavaca Park, 20th and Platte streets, at 10 a.m. (bring your own bike, food, water, bike repair kit and appropriate safety gear), while walkers can appreciate the local architecture during a Denver Civic Center Walking Tour, beginning at 11 a.m. at the north end of Civic Center Park. Either way, a cultural adventure is ensured. “If people want to learn more about how public artworks are commissioned, funded and installed, this a great way to do it,” says DOCA public art administrator Rudi Cerri. Admission is free, but reservations are recommended; e-mail [email protected] or call 720-865-4307. Go to www.denvergov.org/publicart for information about these and other tours offered.
Sun., July 11, 10 a.m., 2010

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