Equal Threshold, 2018

The Hanzon Studios installation for Denver PrideFest 2018 was a colorful collection of open doors and warm, welcoming phrases. Inside the structure, part of the Equality Cake and contemplation benches from Shrine to Humanity were included. Quotes about love and openness plastered the inside walls. Chalk was provided for PrideFest participants to self-express.

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Shrine To Humanity, 2017

The Hanzon Shrine to Humanity featured five temples built and designed by Paulo Wellman, then hand-painted and embellished with artistic symbols of the chakra system, as well as steel bells with ornate mallets for festival goers to chime.  Over 200 hand-sewn and dyed silk flags, invoking prayer flags, adorned the sanctum, while four proud hand-dyed rainbow flags crowned the perimeter.  There were also four hand-painted ‘contemplation benches’ pointed toward the beautiful shrine for festival go-ers to sit a moment and reflect upon what Gay Pride really means to us as individuals, communities, and nations.  The lavish  colors were not only eye-catching and upbeat, but also paid tribute to Gilbert Baker, the artist and gay rights activist who first designed the rainbow flag, and who passed away in March of this year.

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Orlando Massacre Memorial, 2016

Visitors sign messages on an 8-by-8-by-10 foot black box serving as a memorial for the 49 killed early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. Thousands gather at the Denver PrideFest celebration at Civic Center Park in downtown Denver on Saturday, June 18, 2016. The festival lasts through Sunday with the annual Gay Pride Parade starting at 9:30 a.m. at Chessman Park heading west down Colfax Ave. to Civic Center Park. (Photo by Kathryn Scott Osler/The Denver Post)
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