Lyons Colorado Community Art in Action


Highlights from 2011 and preparation for 2012 summer of community art at the Clarifier Project!!

While we gear up for a productive season of community art making in Lyons, we welcome you to take a look at some highlight from the Summer of 2011.

The Regular work days begin on Wednesday, May 16 and continue throughout the Summer.  Wednesday we meet from 4 – 6 in May and in June we will meet from 5 – 7 in the evening. Sundays we will meet in the morning from 10 – 12.

There is much to be done, including, organizing tile into color groups, placing tile pieces into the mosaic, cleaning tile of it’s winter coats of dust and algae, preparing the surface and always… moving rocks!

We invite you to get involved in the most fun summer yet.

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autumn events – september 11 work day

Autumn is here! We have had a wonderful summer full of creativity and community engagement. Thank you so much for your support from afar as well as for your “hands on” participation in the Clarifier Project.

We will continue into the Fall with work events twice a week. Sundays from 10 – 12 and Wednesdays 4 – 6 pm, (note: change in Wednesday times to accommodate the shorter daylight hours). these work days will continue through September and into October, weather permitting. If you ever have a question about participation please email: priscilla – or cathy –

We will be hosting a longer work event on Sunday, September 11th. from 10 – 3 p.m. In accordance with the intention that the project promote peace and interconnectedness we will have a minute of silence at noon to recognize those individuals around the world who have
unnecessarily suffered as a result of human violence.

Come by and contribute in any way, large or small, to this monumental work of community art.

The Town of Lyons has shaped the ground around the work site to more closely reflect the finished landscaping. The ground is flat and thanks to several volunteers many of the stones have been moved aside to make the area safer. Thank you, Town!

Many, many thanks

Summer changes into fall

Though, you might not be able to tell by listening to the heat and sun, you may notice that when the 6:39 Y buss from Boulder pulls into town the sun is definitely behind the mountain tops. Winding up this summer and planning the few events that will give everyone an opportunity to participate in this community effort.

Each Sunday from 10 – 12 and Wednesday from 5 – 7 we are there at the clarifier trying to figure out the best, most natural way to present this project. We want to offer it up as a community arts experience.  How does one sit in the role as steward as this big clumsy effort to put a world back together on little shard at a time? Come by and visit and help with the project. Cathy and I, (Priscilla) never really knew what we were doing either. It is out of our hands and we hope to guide it into yours.

Sunday, September 11, 2011 please come by and get involved. See what is going on. Help to create this giant. Help to put a more peaceful compassionate world back into motion.

Long work event – Sunday, September 11, 10 – 3. Hope to see you there. If you have questions email

Look for the Clarifier Project featured on the Lyons Visitors Guide coming to a news stand near you!

the beauty of it

here are some photos that show the awesomeness of this project. it is coming to life bit by bit. with the special magic of some stalwart volunteers it just grows in an organic elegant way. we are so appreciative of the interest the piece is generating. as the world around us appears to become more confusing and so darn messy, it is not easy to know what to do or say. working on this project with gifted gardeners and organizers and artists we start to realize that the beauty of it is that we are doing something. moving little bits around and trying to make sense of a pile of rubble and a concrete wall might, on some level, be helping to make sense of the changes that are occurring in the larger outer spaces. the intention of the project has always been to create a vehicle to bring together communities in an atmosphere of peace and planetary stewardship. the more i work on it the more it feels like the right thing to do. please discover ways that you can work with us to build a short tower to friendship and understanding between the communities of the planet

August Clarifier Work Events plus A Festival of Community Art and Collaboration

Check out our Calendar Page for upcoming work events that each and everyone is invited to attend. Learn to make mosaic in the wild setting of a park next to the river. All events are free and open to all regardless of percieved lack of artistic ability. You ability lies in your presence and the community benefits from every soul who visits and who participates. See you there!!


Clarifier Festival and Working Potluck Picnic!!!
Special Extended work day with Pot Luck and Music.
Join us on July 24, Sunday from 10 till 3.
Stone work, mosaic, color sorting, grouting and more ways that you are invited to participate in the evolution of a community. Thank you for coming by Sunday July 24.

Come by and work on the clarifier all day.

Snacks from 10 – 1

Potluck Picnic 1  – 3 Bring a dish to share and help us keep our planet healthy by bringing your own plates and silverware.

Please contact priscilla or cathy if you would like to contribute by bringing food or drink.



July 26, 2011. outlining.

The time is now!!

We hope you will make time to participate in this incredibly fantastic community art project. This is the summer to make it happen and everyone, every age and ability is invited to participate.

Season Kick-Off

Saturday and Sunday, May 21 and 22, during the Lyons Studio Tour, facilitators will be available to assist your participation from 10 – 12 each day.

Tasks include: Raking, organizing, gathering stones, organizing tile and stone, and, weather permitting, creating the mosaic.

Beginning in June we will also be hosting work days on sundays, 10 – 12, and on wednesdays, 5 – 7.

Remember to wear work clothes and sign in when you arrive!!

Please sign up to receive updates and posts about our progress.

Thank you!!!

Sun Tiles Taking Form

These are the drying sun tiles. This part of the Project is right on schedule. The next stage, glazing, is Wednesday, May 18, 5 – 7 pm in the basement of the Walt Self Center.

We welcome your participation!


public art mosaics by Colette Crutcher

the zodiac

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12 women from the Lyons area have been asked to create zodiac mosaics for the uppermost rim of the clarifier. the predominate surface of the project will be day time sky and as you near the top it will turn towards night. Here is the first of the zodiac mosaics to be completed.


by Laurie Miller of Lyons, ColoradoLaurie Miller

thank you, Laurie!

More zodiacs!

the sun tiles – march and april 2011

We are working with the Golden Gang, The GAP Group and the Lyons High School Honors Society to create a multi dimensional bright yellow sun burst.  As you walk down the river path towards the east from 2nd Ave., from where the river flows under the road, the first view you get of the Clarifier Project is the western wall framed by the pine trees that grow along the path.  Because the Golden Gang and GAP, Generationally Active People, have been, and continue to be, the life blood this project, it seemed obvious to dedicate the sun to these wonderful folk.

We meet wednesdays at 5 p.m. in the basement of the Walt Self Senior Center for 2 hours. During the first session we designed the sun from simple patterns of circles and suns that we found on the internet. Next, the image was transfered to paper using an old school opaque projector. We made a “map” of the sun tiles with a plastic overlay and then chopped the paper pattern into 88 pieces.  Each participant uses one of the pieces at a time and recreates it in clay, using texture and shape to interpret the simple design. The pieces are then laid out on the plastic map. Slowly the sun is being formed.  The next two sessions will be Wednesday, April 6 and Wednesday April 20, allow for spring breaks schedules. During these two sessions we will finish the three dimensional tiles. In May we will re-group and glaze the sun.

Hopefully, by the end of May it will be shinning bright on the western wall of the Clarifier Project!

More Photos to come!

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