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RiNo's inaugural Oxpecker Ball will bring together our community for an art-focused gala to raise money for the construction of the RiNo ArtPark Buildings. The Oxpecker is a gala like no other! We’re doing it ‘RiNostyle’ with a totally immersive environment for you and your guests to enjoy! 

Join us for an experiential evening of live music, entertainment, activities and complimentary food and drinks from our local establishments! The evening kicks off 6pm. Feathers are optional! We will also be hosting an art auction and other interactive opportunities. Tiger Party will be our entertainment starting at 6:30pm! 

We have also organized a special concert by guest artist Robert DeLong , doors open at 9:30pm and concert starts at 10:30pm! Be ready to party!

Also join us for a Phen Wheel and reaction mold iron casting performance conducted by faculty, students, alumni and friends of CU Denver College of Arts & Media during RiNo's Oxpecker Ball on Saturday, November 2nd, 2019.

This event will help the RiNo Art District build 9 affordable studio spaces for artists in the district along with a creative community hub.

Ball tickets are $150 per person or $250 per couple, which include complimentary food and drink, entertainment and more from 6:30-9pm.

There are also $15 tickets available for the Robert DeLong concert and iron performance, doors open at 9pm. Tickets are available at: http://www.oxpeckerball.com - Iron wheel action expected at 8:30pm and 10pm

Phen Wheels are steel and wood sculptures designed by Phen John Edwards as vehicles for molten iron. The tenth in the series will “run” on Saturday night for RiNo's Oxpecker Ball. Titled Phen Wheel 10, Ferrous Wheel 2.0, the contraption will spin as iron is poured generating a momentary spectacular air born visual. The focus of Phen’s work is to celebrate this singular unique drawing in air and the visual awe of iron in motion. His works have featured at iron conferences and exhibitions across the U.S.



The wheel performance happens in collanboration with artist and Professor Rian Kerrane, University of Colorado Denver. She along with students, friends and alumni, will operate the Kraken furnace to produce the 2,700 degree molten iron. This is elevated using The Lovely Lever (credit to artist Matt Toole) to pour a ladle of hot iron onto the wheel. Several additional reaction molds will also be poured during the night. http://riankerrane.com

Artist Rian Kerrane and CU Denver have an established iron pour/performance history with the River North Art District that began in 2005. Past venues include Ironton Studios and Gallery, Taxi, Dry Ice Factory and Blake St. A Line Station. Cast iron Oxpecker birds have been design by Samantha Kokesh, CU Denver sculpture student, to celebrate this creative history and support RiNo as they raise funds for a new art park.


Location: 1399 35th street - the parking lot at 35th and Larimer.

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