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The Purpose of Public Art is to Inspire



What If ... ?

Hello and welcome to your public art adventure!

We are happy you are here.

You must be curious about this new installment at Waneka Lake.

Instructions are simple -- pick up a piece of chalk at the pillar, then write down your ingenious, innovative and inspiring answer to the question: “What If …?”

It can be anything you imagine … for example: What if … Lafayette were a no kill city for companion pets?

There are no right or wrong answers, everyone may participate and have a voice. Your idea may spark another idea; together we can collect a long list of future “hopes” for our not-so-small town anymore. As we grow, we face challenges, but together we can come up with ideas with the real possibility of success. 


We encourage answers that are possible, yet far reaching; unique and whole-hearted ideas that can and will bring good things to come!

This piece of art is designed and exists because it needs everyone's engagement and involvement. Let’s come together to make something concrete. If we can conceive it, we can create it.

This installment exists thanks to two Lafayette moms -- artist Sarah Spencer and Julie Marshall, who are both grateful to the Lafayette Public Art Committee, Cultural Arts Commission, and Parks, Open Space and Golf for making their vision a reality for all to share. Thanks to Joe Strickland for building it so you will come, and to local businesses Lafayette Lumber and Jax Ranch & Home store for their generous donations.


So grab that chalk, then come back here and watch for your answer to be added online to the Your What Ifs page. Also, please join the Members Page to help us reach out when it's time to vote!

Thank you!




Julie Marshall

Julie Marshall has lived in Lafayette for 20 years and is a Colorado native, born in Pueblo. She came up with the idea of What If ...? when she saw the pure joy of kids who have different abilities expressing themselves through the arts. She realized the power of creating access to the arts and a voice for all people, and saw how momentum for possibilities can be served by boundless imagination. It's also a great time to blast through negative contagion with enthusiastic energy in the right direction.

Sarah Spencer

Sarah Spencer has a long history of using her artistic talent to make Lafayette a beacon of community and creativity. Many of her murals can be seen around town (examples coming). She created and led a team of young artists to create the Luvin' Arms Farm Animal Sanctuary mural when they were located here in Lafayette. When Julie asked her to be the artist for this project, she replied with a resounding yes!

Susi Devrient

All photos featured on this site were taken by incredibly talented Susi Devrient of Lafayette, who says:

I love living so close to nature by Lake Waneka.  It’s a magical place!
And I can usually be seen walking Blue, my yellow lab, every morning around the lake, generally with my camera.
Over 20 years ago, I used to teach nature photography on the weekends in Washington,D.C.
Animals,birds, and flowers are definitely my thing!”

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