Loveland launches self-guided public art tour of downtown – Loveland Reporter-Herald
The City of Loveland is taking public art to the next level with the Otocast public art app. Through May 2023, a virtual art tour featuring 20 of the city’s most notable downtown sculptures is available for download on mobile platforms.
“Showcasing the public art of Loveland through this tour is a fun and engaging way to explore the diversity of artwork on display throughout Loveland,” said a statement from the city’s Art in Public Places program. “…The tour highlights the power of art to create community and enhance our understanding of ourselves and the natural environment.”
The free, self-guided tour highlights the sculptures of the Civic Center and Foundry, as well as the nine pieces installed on East Fourth Street as part of the Art Advocacy 2022 project, a loan program launched in 2009 to beautify downtown Loveland and support local artists. New selections are installed each year in June.
Listeners will learn about the location of the sculpture, hear interviews with the artist, and view photos of the piece. The tour also includes stops at the Rialto Theater and the Loveland Museum for additional offerings from the city’s Cultural Services Department.
The Art In Public Places program was established in 1985, after the City of Loveland passed an ordinance designating 1% of the city’s major capital projects to “the purchase, display and ongoing maintenance of art. ‘art”. More than three decades later, Loveland’s public art collection numbers over 500 pieces and includes the famous Benson Sculpture Garden, which attracts thousands of visitors each year.
The Otocast tour app is available for download through the Apple or Google app stores. Search Loveland, CO to start exploring locally.