Written by Cori Anderson, 303 Magazine
Denver is nearly halfway through the city-wide intervention known as Happy City: Art for the People. There have been Happy Cloud launches at the Denver Art Museum, the McNichols Building and Red Rocks. Billboards are painted pink and screens in downtown play artistic videos between commercials. The Emotional Baggage Drop at Union Station has received mixed reviews (and will be closing up on Sunday) and discussions with experts in happiness have enlightened some. And for the next few weeks, anyone can have the chance to hear insider thoughts from the artist who inspired it all, Stuart Semple, at the “Happiness HQ” in downtown.
The headquarters of the Happy City transformation has landed at the new micro-district, Dairy Block until June 20, with help from local partners NINE dot ARTS, Sage Hospitality and McWHINNEY. Located on the corner of 19th and Blake Streets, “Happiness HQ” is like a recess for adults — something to take away from the stress and bustle of downtown Denver. The corner plot is filled with items or tasks to bring visitors to the present, and the airy and well-lit space serves as a perfect backdrop for that task.