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Native Sunflowers in Permanent Bloom at Prairie Center in Brighton

Native Sunflowers in Permanent Bloom at Prairie Center in Brighton

THF Realty Taps Artist Christopher Weed for Public Art Project

A colorful expanse of 18 towering, oversized sunflowers are now welcoming shoppers to Prairie Center in Brighton. The blooms, created by renowned public artist Christopher Weed, adorn a one-quarter mile stretch of the boulevard leading to the shopping center.


The sunflowers, with stainless steel stems and powder coated steel petals, range in height from 14’ to 15 ½’ feet and were permanently installed in late October.
Michael Staenberg, founder of THF Realty which developed and owns the center, is known for infusing art into the company’s projects. “The sunflowers add a touch of whimsy as well as a salute to the beauty of the prairie,” he says. “Chris’s work is highly regarded and he did an outstanding job of translating our vision into an engaging display.”
Although metal sculptor Weed is well known for his public art, including the award-winning Red Paper Clip exhibition in Colorado Springs, the Prairie Center project is the first time he has created the indigenous sunflowers. “Living in Colorado it is fantastic to be able to enjoy the beauty of sunflowers all around us, and it was a privilege having the opportunity to sculpt them for the public to enjoy for generations. It is very gratifying to work with a company like THF which values public art and is committed to supporting its growth,” he explains.

Prairie Center is located in Brighton at 144th Avenue and I-76, just 20 miles northeast of Denver. The beautifully landscaped outdoor center features Home Depot, Super Target, Kohl’s, Dick’s and Michaels and a variety of specialty shops and eateries.