In 2015, the City of Boulder purchased the former hospital property from Boulder Community Health, which includes 8.8-acres along Broadway between Alpine Ave. and Balsam Ave. This site, known as Alpine-Balsam, is currently in the visioning and planning stages of redevelopment. In May/June 2019, the deconstruction of the existing hospital will begin, a process anticipated to take no less than three years. A fence will be erected around the perimeter to support the deconstruction project with the goal of maintaining an unobtrusive and secure site during an active, long-term construction project. This perimeter fence provides an opportunity to integrate art into the site during deconstruction, helping to enhance the visual profile of the project and providing an active space for community engagement.
More information on the Alpine-Balsam project is available here: https://bouldercolorado.gov/planning/alpinebalsam
Exact locations are yet to be determined, but multiple opportunities for artwork installation will be located throughout stretches of fencing. Artwork may be in the form of murals, mixed-media reliefs, vinyl wraps, etc. The Project Management Team will work collaboratively with selected artists to identify suitable locations and appropriate materials.
Roughly $20,000 annually for commissioning opportunities, to rotate out artwork and keep the site visually engaging over the course of deconstruction and possibly integrated into reconstruction.
Project is currently in pre-selection phase but anticipated project milestones include:
Project Management Team to review Mural Artist Roster: early-May 2019
Review by Standing Selection Panel and Boulder Arts Commission: mid-May 2019
Finalize artist agreements and begin work: June-July 2019
The Project Management Team made initial artist selections from the Mural Artist Roster, followed by review from the Standing Selection Panel, with final recommendation by the Boulder Arts Commission. Artist selection included the the following:
-community considerations and opportunities
-narratives to articulate through artwork
-timing and project alignment
Standing Selection Panel
Felicia Furman, Boulder Arts Commissioner
Charlotte LaSasso, Arts Professional – Boulder County Arts Alliance
Jerry Shapins, Community Member and Urban Planner
Gabrielle Schuller, Community Member and Architect
Catherine Cartwright, Artist, Arts Professional and Community Member
Project Management Team/Technical Review Committee
Michele Crane, FAM
Sam Veucasovic, FAM
Leana Dolce, FAM
Sara Huntley, CMO
Gretchen King, Communications