This is Who We Are
This is Who We Are
A collaborative public art project
“This is Who We Are” partners community members with local artists to create public art pieces that represent the fabric of the community. The first project launched at Anythink Bennett in December 2011 with the help of funds raised by the Anythink Foundation.
This project brings people together to create an incredible art piece that lives on in the library.
Step Into the Light
Anythink Wright Farms, 2022
Step Into the Light is a large-scale paper lantern created by artist Helen Hiebert as part of Anythink’s 2022 mySummer initiative. Hiebert constructed the Japanese lantern with the help of community and staff volunteers during her artist residency in May. Hiebert encouraged visitors to step inside the lantern and ponder what it means to “be the light.” When they stepped out of the lantern, visitors were encouraged think about how they can share their light and create light with friends, family and community.
The Reality of Everything
Anythink Brighton, 2022
“I see you everywhere, in the stars, in the river, to me you're everything that exists; the reality of everything.” – Virginia Woolf, Night and Day
Created by Alt Ethos, The Reality of Everything is a permanent steel shade sculpture inspired by Brighton’s agricultural and industrial roots. Not only does it create shade on the existing grassy knoll, but the constellation cutouts are designed to inspire wonder around our evening sky. At night, the sculpture is transformed using colored LED lights. Guests are encouraged to use the space under the structure for gathering, reflecting and learning.
Denver-based studio Alt Ethos cultivates experiences that bridge art and technology. By using light, sound and creative technology, Alt Ethos designs interactive and immersive environments that create unexpected joy and connection.
This installation was made possible in part by Amazon.
The Singing Tree
Anythink Perl Mack, 2019
Created by Denver-based Alt Ethos, The Singing Tree is an outdoor installation that uses light and sound to create an interactive experience. Using an integrated MIDI keyboard, this piece operates as a musical instrument for people to play and can be programmed to include a variety of different sounds and effects. The Singing Tree is the first public art piece in the Perl Mack community.
"Our goal is to build communities through memorable experiences that are creative and fun," says Alt Ethos CEO Ethan Bach. "And I must admit that The Singing Tree is my new favorite activation."
The Singing Tree honors former Anythink Board of Trustees Ray Coffey. Coffey served on the Anythink Board of Trustees from 2004-2019, including as president from 2015-2016.
Anythink Wright Farms, 2018
Anythink is the proud host of an Art-o-mat®. Art-o-mat® machines are retired cigarette vending machines that have been converted to vend art. There are over 100 active machines in various locations throughout the country, including at Anythink Wright Farms. Each work of art the machine vends is unique and costs only $5.
Anythink Huron Street, 2014
The Wish, created by Helen Hiebert, features a large dandelion sculpture made of 300 handcrafted paper seeds, representing the wishes of individuals from the Anythink Huron Street community and across the globe. The installation also includes a motion-activated audio component by local sound artist Jim Green, featuring recordings of wishes collected from community members of all ages.
The Wish is commissioned in honor of Kay Riddle, former president of the Anythink Board of Trustees. Riddle, who retired from the board in 2013, provided leadership and vision for improved library funding and services for the Adams County community.
“The Wish project symbolizes private wishes that come together as a whole in a metaphor for human connectedness,” says Hiebert. “The sculpture will find a great home at Anythink, whose approach to community aligns well with the theme of the project.”
Life on the Eastern Plains
Anythink Bennett, 2014
Life on the Eastern Plains is a quilt designed by mixed-media artist Deidre Adams that hangs at Anythink Bennett. Adams’ breathtaking 8-square-foot quilt celebrates the spirit of the frontier and reflects colors, impressions and contributions as experienced by community members. The mounted artwork aims to create an emotional space of meaningful expression for the Bennett community.
Adams used stories gathered from the Bennett community to help shape the piece, drawing from items like scraps of fabric, photos and letters. The resulting 90 x 90 inches quilt evokes the ethos of prairie living with its simplicity, textures, and moods.