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First Work Of Art For The Denver Federal Center

Rendering of artwork planned for DFC

Internationally recognized artist Andrea Zittel will install what will be the first work of art commissioned by GSA at the Denver Federal Center this summer. The art was commissioned as part of the Art in Architecture Program in support of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act at the DFC.  GSA allocates one-half of one percent of each public building's construction cost for the design, fabrication and installation of a site-specific, permanent piece of artwork. The installation will start in June and it is scheduled to be complete by September. The eight works of art will be seen along Main and 4th Street, each being 12 by 16 feet in size.

The works of art are a series of eight identical platforms – each platform consists of both vertical and horizontal panels and have an area that resembles an open room and a wooden surface that references a wrap-around desk. The series of structures function as both abstract sculpture as well as human environment that can be used in different ways such as intimate hang-outs or places to sit and view the surrounding landscape. The structures will have a subtle reference to architecture – with opportunities for both privacy and social engagement.


Andrea Zittel was selected through GSA’s Art In Architecture program. The selection panel was looking for a unique approach to creating social spaces on the campus. They wanted an artist who could help activate and engage the campus, its employees and patrons in a new and artistic way. The artist is using local businesses for purchasing materials such as the concrete, wood, and metal.


Art is important for a number of reasons. In all its forms, it often challenges us to consider new perspectives and to rethink how we see the world. Something many don’t consider is how the arts contribute to the country’s economy. According to research by the Americans for the Arts, in 2010, nonprofit arts and culture organizations pumped an estimated $61.1 billion into the economy. It’s important to remember that nonprofit arts and culture organizations are all valuable contributors to the business community.


Since re-launching in 1972, GSA commissioned 408 artworks through the Art in Architecture Program, approximately 35 of which are displayed in GSA’s Rocky Mountain six-state region.  GSA’s Art in Architecture Program melds the creative work of the finest artists in America with that of the nation’s top architects and construction firms. Together, the art and architecture of federal buildings create a lasting cultural legacy for the people of the United States. The arts continue to play a significant role in shaping our country’s culture and legacy.  



  • For more information about GSA’s Art in Architecture program visit our webpage.
  • For more information on Andrea Zittel, visit her website at (non-government website)


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