the Civic Center

the axis

Civic Center Park

the lantern of justice

the plaza

de Boer 1924 plan


Civic Center Axis

the form

the material

potential locations

for example

the culmination

thoughts on greenery


initial statement


Denver Justice Center Campus and Civic Center District

initial application statement

Making public sculpture has been my main activity throughout my profession as a sculptor. Having spent my youth in the United States, I would find it an exciting experience to be enabled to make a proposal for a public work there - and in particular for the Denver Justice Center.

Aside from some works in collections, I have never done a major public sculpture in the United States. After studying art at California State University at Long Beach I moved to Europe where I continued my studies in art after which I grasped many opportunities for creating site-specific art in that part of the world. It was the city of Rotterdam which started the democratic public art program in 1972.

I am very happy to have been requested to apply for a public art opportunity in Denver. I see Denver as a clear and legible place and would like very much to have the opportunity to make a public sculpture there. My work is open and clear - fundamental laws and rules apply to my work. People recognize order, or at least feel systems and rules in what they experience and perceive - nonphysical, visual things. For me a public sculpture is a structure into which one can go, which one can enter and feel protection as well as vulnerable - visually as well as physically. I think this approach to my art fits well with the the ideas behind justice within a society.

Lucien den Arend


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