Vail Art in Public Places unveils new online interactive map for art collection
VAIL — Art in Public Places this week launched a fresh website for programs, events and the public art collection at http://www.artinvail.com.
Mike Richards, the software and web developer for information technology with the town of Vail, designed the new site and Sean Koenig, the geographical information systems coordinator with the town of Vail, designed the new interactive map. Both Richards and Koenig worked closely with Art in Public Places to provide a user-friendly site and map for visitors and residents.
The new virtual public art map provides users with numerous options for navigating and interacting with the variety of works in Vail’s public art collection. Highlights of the application include details and photos for each work of art, links to articles for specific works, accessibility on any device and the ability for a user to view his or her real-time location in context to the map. This enables a virtual tour for the collection while off-site or strolling through the town of Vail.
The format of the art collection tour is intuitive to users of the site.
“As is and always will be the case, our guests are changing the way they want to experience the various facets of Vail,” Koenig said. “The virtual public art map tour was developed in order to accommodate and enhance our guests’ interaction and experience.”
“Given the popularity of the seasonal art walks, this new interactive map will allow guests to tour the collection at their leisure,” said Molly Eppard, Art in Public Places coordinator. “In time, we plan to incorporate an audio component to the virtual tour of the town of Vail’s growing and diverse public art collection.”
A printed map of the town of Vail’s public art collection map is available at the Vail and Lionshead village welcome centers. The map not only features 36 works of art in a walkable area, but it also includes the public art beyond town center to explore. Colorado artists created more than 30 works of art in the town of Vail’s collection.
In total, the town’s public art collection includes 47 works ranging from painting, sculptures and murals to playground components and site-integrated art. Visit http://www.artinvail.com for your virtual tour of the collection.
In terms of area, it’s the county’s smallest conservation deal ever. In terms of location, it’s one of the county’s rarest acquisitions.