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Dairy Block

Denver, Colorado

  • Mixed-Use
  • Public Art
  • Mountain West
  • Art Curation, Art Activation
  • McWhinney
  • Winner of the ULI 2021 Americas Award for Excellence

  • 10 site-specific, multimedia public art commissions are featured in the length of one city block

  • Denver’s first activated pedestrian alley

  • Partnerships with the Colorado Crush Mural Festival and Lighthouse Writers Workshop’s WriteDenver Program helped recruit local artists and engage the surrounding community in the art collection

  • 30-foot tall “Spilt Milk” sculpture serves as a landmark installation, welcoming visitors into the alley

  • March 25, 2019, “Art is Part of the Experience at the Dairy Block” - ColoradoBiz Magazine

  • March 12, 2019, CBCA Business for the Arts Awards, Impact Award for the Dairy Block

  • October 2018, “Art All Around: Dairy Block, Denver’s Mayor’s Design Awards” Mayor’s Design Awards 2018

  • Mayor’s Design Awards 2018 303 Magazine

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The Story

A unique micro-district in the heart of Denver’s historic Lower Downtown District, Dairy Block continues the tradition of industry and craftsmanship of its historic past, while presenting its visitors with contemporary, immersive experiences. Once home to Windsor Dairy, which was brought to prominence by business man H. Brown Cannon, the Dairy Block site was originally part of a landmark 1920 real estate deal. We were inspired to tell the story of Dairy Block’s past while highlighting its promising future and creating meaningful connection points to the nearby Dairy Block Offices and Maven Hotel.

We specifically chose to develop the signature experience of Dairy Block’s art program in a visible, but unexpected, location – the alley that cuts straight through the middle of the Block. The first of its kind, this activated alley invites pedestrians and passersby to explore the alley and discover ten works by local artists. Featuring murals, sculpture, neon work, and an interactive lighted walkway, the art program demonstrates exceptional use of public space and immersive art with impact to engage surrounding retail and entertainment, creating a lively and unforgettable urban experience. Learn more about the art program here

Experience the Dairy Block

Spilt Milk by Airworks Studio

Musical Churns by Nikki Pike

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