Handsome Little Devils, an all-inclusive entertainment, design, and performance company here in Denver has decided to boost Dairy Block with a little winter cheer this 2023 season with an art piece that celebrates Colorful Colorado.
The 12 foot long “Winter Wonderland” art wall will feature layers of laser-cut plywood by Fort Collins artist Rob Klose that was “sanded and stained to create gradient colors.” Giant snowflakes will dot the wall which will also read “Welcome to Colorful Colorado,” as a throwback to the sign that’s been iconic to the state since 1950.
To see it, head over to Dairy Blocks’ heated alley from now through the end of March, and we’d highly recommending snapping a photo with the piece to garner the full experience of what Handsome Little Devils wanted to make.
“We love designing placemaking art pieces that offer people a joyful experience,” said Cole Huling, Artistic Director at Handsome Little Devils. “This is a large piece with a lot of dimensions to it – it’s almost like you can step into it.”
Around the corner is another new immersive art experience titled “Downpour,” that’s now floating above Blake’s Passage, the pedestrian walkway that runs from the middle of Dairy Block’s activated Alley towards Blake Street. “Downpour” features nearly 400 lights that change colors and imitate a colorful rainfall that has open access. Delicate white hoops accent the colorful lights, making for a beautiful lighting display.
The lights will be on daily from 30 minutes before sunset until midnight on Sunday – Thursday and until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The lights are programmed to change with different seasons, hours, or events, like holidays or to celebrate sports teams, making it a small part of the city’s events and charm.
“We are constantly seeking new ways to energize the unique Dairy Block Alley space and to work with local creatives,” said Dairy Block General Manager Don Cloutier. “We are thankful for continued support from the City of Denver as we work to create these dynamic downtown experiences.”