Burns Park Celebration

by nicolebanowetz

Burns Park

I made these cardboard sculptures as part of a one day sculpture celebration at Burns Park in Denver CO.

The inflatable bacteria snake in and out of the cardboard structure bursting through and tearing it down as it goes.


“Burns Park fills the triangle of hillside defined by Colorado Boulevard to the west, Alameda Avenue to the south and Leetsdale Drive, which runs diagonally from northwest to southeast. The park is notable for being home to a suite of mostly minimalist sculptures, some of which have been on the site since 1968. This Saturday, August 9, there will be a festival at Burns Park called Experience 1968, which is free and open to the public. In addition to celebrating the existing pieces, the event features six artists –Trine Bumiller, Claudia Mastrobuono, Nicole Banowetz, Matt Scobey, Nikki Pike and Tara Rynders – -who will be creating temporary works, performances and music in honor of Burns Park and what’s happened there in the intervening years.”

Michael Paglia from the Westword article Five things you Didn’t know about Burns Park.


Some of the original work in Burns Park





Each of the artists invited to Celebrate 1968 were provided with cardboard to create a temporary artwork in the park.

In 1968 the artists all created temporary work using plywood.