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Historic art piece returns to the Center

Posted by Sarah Kolb on November 10th 2016 to Center News


If you’ve visited the Arvada Center recently you may have noticed a construction project in front of the building. An historic art piece is getting a facelift and a new location this month!


Archive photo of “Jack’s Piece”


“Jack’s Piece” in its new location on Fire Lane


“Jack’s Piece,” by John Young, was installed at the center in 1981. It was originally part of an exhibition called Issues Of Gravity/Elements Of Suspense, which also featured the work of Barbara Baer and John van Alstine.



“Jack’s Piece” is a study in weight and tension, built with a combination of natural and manmade materials. Rigging made of wire and boulders keep slabs of flagstone standing parallel to each other.

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The piece stayed up outside the Center for decades, but was eventually taken down because of wear on the wires. And now it’s back. You can view the restored “Jack’s Piece” at its new location on Fire Lane – easy to see if you are driving into the Center! img_20161109_135601


The restored art piece has been installed with support from the City of Arvada Culture and Art Commission‘s Art in Public Places program.


One response to “Historic art piece returns to the Center”

  1. Liz says:

    Beautiful, thank you so much for this re-installation. A real piece of creative innovation and expression should be cherished for generations.

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