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Lake Totem - Denver, CO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
N 39° 45.145 W 105° 02.748
13S E 496076 N 4400279
Quick Description: This interactive piece honors the birds that both visit and live in the area throughout the year.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 12/1/2012 2:36:15 PM
Waymark Code: WMFTZ6
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99
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Long Description:
"It’s been two long years, but Sloan’s Lake Park finally has an updated marina after a project to renovate it and other parts of the lake was recently completed.

During this project, which began in July 2010, the marina was stabilized and rebuilt. A jetty shoreline — a walkway that goes into the lake — was added, as were concrete walls and soft-surface walkways.

Lighting, planting along the shore of the lake, more seeding, a reconstructed lakeshore multiuse trail and a curving, elevated walkway along the marina shoreline with picnic tables were also added. The entire project cost $4 million and was funded by the Better Denver Bond Program with some additional funds from Capital Improvements.

“It definitely beautified the area quite a bit,” said Angela Casias, spokesperson for Denver Parks and Recreation.

In addition to all the improvements around the marina, an art piece was installed by local artist Andy Dufford. The piece, called “Lake Totem,” is a carved pelican made out of Colorado Yule Marble. It is also interactive as park-goers can utilize a hand-cranked pump that sends water down the chest of the pelican.

“I think it adds a lot. What I like about this project is that it’s kind of like the highlight of the marina now,” said Mary Valdez, public art coordinator for the city of Denver." (from (visit link) )


"Inside Chevo — Andy Dufford, Lead Artist

The creation of artful spaces is my life's passion.

As a young man, I apprenticed with a painter and completed undergraduate work in design and community development. Traveling through Europe after university was a revelation. Walking through cities built with the skill of artists and artesanos expanded my imagination and creating beautiful places became my primary focus. That journey was the beginning of a much longer exploration that continues today.

Over the last 16 years I have developed a value system that guides our work. These core values are community, creativity, timelessness, and craft." (from (visit link) )
Title of Piece: Lake Totem

Artist: Andy Dufford

Material/Media: Yule marble, concrete and stainless steel

Date of Creation or Placement: 2011

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Sloans Lake

Web link(s) for additional information: Not listed

Web link(s) to YouTube or other video: Not listed

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