July 31, 2018 Molly Casey

Experience Denver’s Most Activated and Art-Filled Alley

Have you had the chance to experience the Alley at Dairy Block, downtown Denver’s most activated and art-filled alley? Spanning the center of Dairy Block between Blake and Wazee Streets and 18th and 19th Street, the Alley serves as a unifying, pedestrian- and art-centric epicenter for the downtown community. The art program, curated by NINE dot ARTS, was specifically selected to create a visible and engaging focal point for the block, with 10 pieces from 10 different artists – all of whom have a local connection to Denver.

If you haven’t had the chance to visit yet, you’re in luck! Our Associate Curator Chris Roth recently gave us a virtual tour of the engaging space, as well as a few featured pieces of art:

Art Overview of the Alley at Dairy Block

Spilt Milk (an homage to Harold Ed Gerton) by Airworks Studios
Spilt Milk from Airworks Studios flanks one end of the Alley on 19th Street, and celebrates the block’s history, making a bold statement by originating near the top of the eight-story The Maven hotel.

Musical Churns by Nikki Pike
Woven throughout the Alley, Musical Churns from Nikki Pike is an interactive sculptural installation that invites and guides guests on a magical exploration. The bronze cast butter churns nod to the site’s origin as Windsor Farms Dairy, and are synchronized with LED lights  and musical compositions from the Colorado Symphony Orchestra.

The Alley, designed by Crème Design, also features a cobblestone walkway, outdoor lights, patio seating and retail storefronts, including the Milk Market food hall by Chef Frank Bonanno. Dairy Block was developed by McWHINNEY, Grand American, Inc. and Sage Hospitality with the intent to celebrate makers, and create artful and unexpected experiences.