1601 Arapahoe St,
Denver, CO 80202
After the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver kicked off its reopening with “Nari Ward: We The People,” a major retrospective of the Jamaican-born sculptor and installation artist’s career, the institution partnered with Orange Barrel Media to launch a companion public art project throughout downtown Denver. Perhaps the most significant work is LAZARUS Beacon, a site-specific projection on the Daniels and Fisher Clocktower, that highlights the tired, impoverished subjects of “The New Colossus,” an 1883 sonnet by the poet and activist Emma Lazarus that appears on the base of the Statue of Liberty. Ward’s projection offers a reminder of the millions of immigrants to whom the United States has promised to offer shelter—and the lengthy political battles that have been necessary to fulfill these promises.