Go On An Art Treasure Hunt In Denver On World Art Drop Day

September 2, 2019
Denverite Jack Lema found one of four blue bears hidden on Art Drop Day 2018. The bears will be available again during the 2019 event.Denverite Jack Lema found one of four blue bears hidden on Art Drop Day 2018. The bears will be available again during the 2019 event.Courtesy of Jack Lema
Denverite Jack Lema found one of four blue bears hidden on Art Drop Day 2018. The bears will be available again during the 2019 event.

As you stumble back into work after the long weekend on Tuesday, you might just stumble upon a piece of art, too.

Tuesday, Sept. 3 marks World Art Drop Day. Denver is participating again this year, as artists, Mayor Michael Hancock and city council members hide hundreds of pieces of art throughout the city. 

Denver Arts & Venues will also drop clues on social media starting at 8 a.m. Those hints will lead people to either miniatures of Lawrence Argent’s “I See What You Mean,” aka that big blue bear sculpture that peers into the Colorado Convention Center, or a vinyl album with songs recorded at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. 

"It's a little bit of surprise and delight,” said Brooke Dilling, Denver Arts & Venues’ strategic partnerships & community programming specialist.

Dilling, who initially spearheaded the Denver iteration of the event and continues to organize it, said World Art Drop Day is a way for people who might not be able to regularly afford art to get their hands on some. It’s also an opportunity for artists to “market and promote themselves … raising awareness of their artwork on social media.”

“We’ve had cases of people rushing to find a piece of art, but don’t get there in time,” she said. “But then they follow up with an artist and buy a piece.” 

World Art Drop Day was started by Jake Parker, of Provo, Utah.

“We need to feel a little more connection to each other and there's nothing like the bond two random strangers can make through the act of creating and giving,” Parker said on his website.

The event ties into Denver's master cultural plan goal of getting art everywhere in the city, Dilling said.