Art

You Don't Need to Check In to Check Out the Art at the New Moxy Hotel

For the two elevators, photographer Paul Brokering shot whiskey vaults and whiskey in the glass.
For the two elevators, photographer Paul Brokering shot whiskey vaults and whiskey in the glass. Linnea Covington
The curating team behind NINE dot ARTS has done it again. This time the space they've filled with glorious art is the new Moxy hotel in Cherry Creek.

When you walk into the property at 240 Josephine Street, the hotel's playful style quickly becomes apparent; boxes of board games, stacks of coloring books and whimsical pillows deck out the lounge area. The art inside the hotel, which can be found on all eight floors of the building, matches this vibe, meshing found objects and colorful prints by well-known local artists. "Moxy as a brand feels bohemian, a little cheeky and playful," says Martha Weidmann, CEO of NINE dot ARTS.

Adds co-worker Deanne Gertner: "We wanted the hotel to have a quintessential Denver spirit, so we used some local artists and themes revolving around the Western ideal."

click to enlarge Bill Waters painted 72 wooden disks with images of bears in his "Bear Series." - LINNEA COVINGTON
Bill Waters painted 72 wooden disks with images of bears in his "Bear Series."
Linnea Covington
Guests can see these ideas throughout the building, starting with the Instagram-perfect "ski lift" right outside the elevator on the first floor. Each level sports a different theme; from the ground up, they're dubbed Camp, Eye See You (it's all about looking and being looked at), Pop!, Go Figure (figurative art), Gold Rush, Ski Lodge and Animal Kingdom.


click to enlarge Skiing prints on the Ski Lodge floor. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Skiing prints on the Ski Lodge floor.
Linnea Covington
In total, the new hotel boasts 775 artworks. Of those, 230 are found objects, 88 are original pieces, and three are installations: 43 tennis rackets arranged by artist Phil Bender; 72 wood circles with various bears in nature painted on them by Bill Waters; and 150 mirrors, many which are found on the third floor. If the art has a name plate, then you know it's a piece unique to the hotel. Otherwise, what you're seeing are pieces placed there by NINE dot ARTS.

click to enlarge Artist Phil Bender's tennis rackets, a found-object installation featuring 43 pieces. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Artist Phil Bender's tennis rackets, a found-object installation featuring 43 pieces.
Linnea Covington
click to enlarge Hijack's huge untitled multimedia work in the lobby of the Moxy. - LINNEA COVINGTON
Hijack's huge untitled multimedia work in the lobby of the Moxy.
Linnea Covington
Perhaps the most stunning work in the whole place is Hijack's seven-foot-tall untitled work in the lobby. Not only does the giant mixed-media piece wow you at first look, but you can ponder it while waiting to check in (yes, you get your key at the bar), having a drink after work, or lounging on one of the many cushioned couches, playing games or simply taking it all in.

click to enlarge The lobby in the new Moxy, at 240 Josephine Street. - LINNEA COVINGTON
The lobby in the new Moxy, at 240 Josephine Street.
Linnea Covington

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Linnea Covington moved back to Denver after spending thirteen years in New York City and couldn't be happier to be home, exploring the Mile High and eating as much as possible, especially when it involves pizza or ice cream.
Contact: Linnea Covington