The ultimate selfie? You and a 28-foot-tall lily at Denver’s airport

“Denver Lily”

“Denver Lily” by Price Davis stands 28 feet tall in Denver International Airport.

(Denver International Airport)

If you like your lilies big -- super-sized, in fact, and ideal for selifes -- swing by Denver International Airport before the end of July to see a 28-foot-tall steel sculpture in the Great Hall of the Jeppesen Terminal.

“Denver Lily” was recently installed at DIA by creator and Denver artist Price Davis. He spent a year crafting hand-forged steel sheets into an open, welcoming bloom.

The flower is coated with colored powder to resemble a stargazer lily; the stem is green and the petals are pink and white. Davis says he kept live ones in his studio for a year while he worked on the piece.

Davis’ mother gave rise to the lily idea. “She is a botanical artist,” Davis said in an email, “and I found the inspiration from her.”


Other airports are rolling out spring art shows too.

Los Angeles International Airport this week debuted an exhibition called “On the Cusp,” which features 180 contemporary paintings, drawings and digital media works.

Ten L.A. artists are featured, including Dan Goodsell, who draws comic-strip-style images of a character called Mr. Toast and his friends, and Arthur Taussig who uses Tarot cards as inspiration for his digital prints. 

The show is on display through July (for ticketed passengers) in the departures level connector between Terminals 7 and 8.


John Wayne Airport opened a display of abstract expressionist oil paintings by Nina Kolarek-Cullen as part of its Community Focus Space Program in the Thomas F. Riley Terminal.

The paintings reflect elements of nature -- skies, turquoise oceans, sunsets -- pieced together in abstract forms, an airport says. The show remains on display through June 15 on the upper and lower levels of terminals A, B and C.

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