“There is a great advantage to public art, it offers relevance. It is the chance to get art out of the museum. … By placing art where people go every day; there is an acknowledgement that artists exist, adventurous thinking exists, and of course it comes from all kinds of people not just artists.”
With a penchant for using the most common materials in quasi-unadulterated ways, John has created a magnificent sculptural oeuvre full of art-historical reference points that take time to be revealed. Widely acknowledged as the extreme of contemporary thought, the artist has rapidly gained acceptance in the public sphere, his work inspiring both awe and applause in equal measures.
In the past five years, John has realized five major public art commissions in Denver, including one of the focal installations at the Colorado Convention Center and an installation of multiple elements at the Omar D. Blair Charter School. Commissioned by the city of Denver, McEnroe installed one of the most visible and striking works in the city’s collection to date at the Highlands Bridge.