Denver Theatre
District Shantell
Martin Installation

Denver, Colorado

The Story

project type
  • Govt./Public Venue
Region
  • Mountain West
Quick Facts:
  • Outdoor, public installation covering 2,500 square feet of sidewalk

  • Four days of outdoor painting allowed the process to serve as performance art

  • Sidewalk installation extends to three billboards and one original sculptural bench

  • Establishes the Denver Theatre District as innovative and experimental

  • The second installation of our Terra Firma initiative

Press/Media
  • October 23, 2017, “Shantell Martin Paints Sidewalks in Downtown Denver,” 303 Magazine

  • October 19, 2017, “Artist Shantell Martin Turns the Convention Center Plaza into an Urban Canvas,” Westword

  • October 19, 2017, “Artist Shantell Martin transforms downtown Denver’s walkways with black-and-white drawings,” Denverite

  • October 3, 2017, “International Artist Shantell Martin to Paint Denver Sidewalks with Huge New Mural,” 303 Magazine

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In October 2017, internationally renowned artist Shantell Martin created a giant black-and-white, stream of consciousness drawing on the sidewalks of the Denver Theatre District that covers an area on 14th Street from Stout to Champa including the entire outdoor plaza of the Colorado Convention Center. Part of the Terra Firma series curated by NINE dot ARTS to enliven a 16-block area of downtown Denver through interactive, immersive and experimental art and culture events, the installation will remain on view for two to three years. In addition to the ground drawing, Martin designed a sculptural bench that says “DON’T HIDE + YOU ME” installed near the Light Rail stop at 14th and Stout. Martin’s iconic style and inventive visual language of characters, figures and phrases immerse pedestrians in a complex yet meandering world of exploration, introspection, and conversation. The installation serves not only as Martin’s largest and most public-facing installation to date but also the first on the ground. Created over a four-day period, Martin’s work bridged performance art as she scooted across the sidewalk at times on a skateboard while drawing with spray paint. As the second installation of the Terra Firma initiative, Martin’s installation solidifies the Denver Theatre District’s position as one of the most innovative arts districts in the region.

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When you’re born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, genteel grace and charm are just a natural byproduct of your upbringing. But Martha’s deep understanding of the art business and tenacious drive for business success are something all her own. As our CEO and Co-Founder of NINE dot ARTS, Martha oversees business planning, company finances, marketing and sales, team development, and is basically our head cheerleader and evangelist to the world. Martha left Alabama at 18 to expand her horizons and graduated from Colorado State University with a dual major – Communications and Fine Arts – to launch her journey. With her two diplomas in hand, she started her career with Walker Fine Art gallery in Denver, then moved on to the most prestigious art consulting firm (at the time) in the region, McGrath and Braun, from which NINE dot ARTS was born. Martha loves the business of art and finds tremendous satisfaction in helping new and emerging artists discover that you can actually get paid for your talent. She also loves using both sides of her brain on a daily basis, which can mean touring an amazing new NINE dot ARTS art experience in the morning and reviewing equally inspiring spreadsheets in the afternoon. When she’s not bouncing from meeting to meeting around our office, talking to movers and shakers in the art world, or giving high fives (with a handmade artistic hand, naturally) to team members, you might find her shopping at estate sales, urban hiking, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, or making cool stuff with her three art loving children.

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