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Public art project unveiled at Denver fire station

Artist Barry Rose with the bas-relief mural “History & Tradition.” (Photo: Courtesy of Barry Rose)

Artist Barry Rose with the bas-relief mural “History & Tradition.” (Photo: Courtesy of Barry Rose)

DENVER — A new public art installation, which pays homage to the history of the Denver Fire Department, has been unveiled at a Denver fire station in the Lowry neighborhood.

Local artist Barry Rose was chosen out of 200 applicants who responded to a nation call to create a public art project at the Denver Fire Station #18 at 8710 E. Alameda Ave., according to a press release from the artist. The call for artists was through the Public Art program managed by Denver Arts and Venues.

Rose, who has also been commissioned for public art projects at local institutions like the Denver Zoo and Aquarium, created a terra cotta base relief mural titled “History and Tradition.” The figures standing shoulder-to-shoulder in the mural depict Chief George Duggan, Heather Larson, Captain George Brooks, John Hannah and a figure in the foreground, who represents “every firefighter of today,” said the artist — all of the individuals portrayed in the mural played significant roles in DFD’s history.

Rose said he developed the concept for the mural and conducted research during multiple visits to the Denver Firefighters Museum, which included extensive conversations with historian Jerry Michael and museum executive director Win Ferrill.

“History & Tradition," a mural by local artist Barry Rose that is on display at the Denver Fire Station #18. (Photo: Courtesy of Barry Rose)

“History & Tradition,” a mural by local artist Barry Rose that is on display at the Denver Fire Station #18. (Photo: Courtesy of Barry Rose)

The mural is now available for public viewing, Rose announced Saturday.