Public art unites. It beautifies. It tells stories and builds common ground. We believe that art is of great value to the community, and we invest in art throughout the community.
From simple signal box wraps to large-scale sculptures and murals, public art takes many shapes and sizes. All of our diverse pieces share one purpose: to make you proud to live in Lakewood. The Lakewood Arts Commission makes recommendations to City Council about the installation of art.
Lakewood honors local artists by hosting artist receptions at City Hall. For each event, artists hang their artwork at City Hall for a limited time. Then, we host the public on a special reception night to meet the artists, enjoy light snacks, and admire the art. Join us at the next event!
Monday, Oct. 2, 2023, 5-7 p.m.: Meet local artist Juan La Torre and learn about his pieces that line the halls of the first floor in Lakewood City Hall.
Artist Bio: Juan La Torre has created art since he was a young boy living in Guadalupe, in the department of La Libertad Peru. His talents were first recognized when he was 10. He won a drawing contest during one of the city’s festivities. Years later he received another award for his outstanding artistic achievements from the city. He studied in Lima, Peru at the Instituto Superior Tecnologico CESCA taking classes for technical drawing. He also studied at Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano where he took English language classes. Before moving to the United States, he served as Council Member of Education, Cultural Affairs, Health, and Tourism. He draws inspiration from the people of his country, their customs and culture, and uses influences of their colors, patterns, textiles, faces, architecture, and artifacts in his work.
Past Art Receptions
Mauricio Robalino, River Meschi, and Laura Martinez
On April 17 we hosted Mauricio Robalino, River Meschi and Laura Martinez. There was live music, refreshments, and a live art demonstration by River Meschi.
On Monday, March 6 artist Jose Orantes displayed his work and explained his process to the public. The city hall lobby was filled with his paintings and light refreshments were served.
The 7 @ City Hall
Artists from our local Latino community displayed works that highlight a connection to their heritage and culture. At the reception, the artists shared the stories behind their work and talked with guests. Light refreshments were served, and the public had an opportunity to meet the artists.
Signal Box Wraps
Large utility boxes are located next to traffic lights at many Lakewood intersections. While you’re stuck at a red light, why not enjoy a more pleasant view?
The City is sprucing up a series of boxes, fitting them with unique wraps made by local artists.
Public Art Projects
Colonial Plaza Gateway Arch
Colonial Plaza was renovated in 2019 to become a community centerpiece. On top of the cobbled street and classic architecture, sits a welcoming metallic gateway arc.
Metal strands etched with phrases from residents and community groups are entwined within the piece.
The sweeping steel arcs sit on the Gravelly Lake Drive entrance to Motor Avenue, inviting visitors to one of Lakewood’s community gathering places. Made from inch-thick curved steel plates, the pieces form a gateway. The larger stretches 50 feet wide and the smaller 34 feet. Both rise about 4 feet from the ground.
Aluminum “story strips” are found within the arc, each etched with quotes and memories gathered from the community. In Spring 2022, the city gathered phrases, quotes, and stories about life in Lakewood to include in the piece.
When walking Motor Avenue, people can read these stories and memories up close. From the street, the aluminum strips reflect a luminous glow through triangular cutouts.
The artwork was installed Jan. 25, 2023.
The Lotus Blossom
Designed and produced by artist Karsten Boysen, the Lotus Blossom was commissioned by the Lakewood City Council and the Lakewood Arts Commission in 2017.