Urban Villages Presents “Sugar Block Court”

October 20, 2023

An Immersive Basketball and Art Activation Designed to Activate Downtown Denver

Taking Place October 20 – 24, Guests to Enjoy Immersive Art, Street Basketball,

Live Music, Local Food Specials & More

DENVER [October 20, 2023] – Denver-based Urban Villages, a leading real estate developer and environmental steward, is thrilled to announce “Sugar Block Court”, an immersive public outdoor basketball and art activation, taking place October 20 – 24. In an effort to activate Downtown Denver and give Denverites a sneak peek of plans to activate the Sugar Block in 2024 and beyond, Urban Villages commissioned artist Devin Liston to create an artistic expression of a basketball court, which will be open for play, on the 16th Street Mall.

The activation promises to be a one-of-a-kind, multi-day celebration filled with the fusion of basketball, art, community, and excitement. Nearby restaurant Cholon will feature specials for visitors of the court.

Event Details:
Dates: Friday, October 20th, through Tuesday, October 24th
Time: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM daily; with live music from 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM daily
Location: 1530 16th St Mall, Denver, CO
Admission: Free

“Sugar Block Court” is set to transform the heart of Denver into an immersive basketball streetscape where fans of all ages can dive into several days of activities, entertainment, art, and basketball.

Highlights of “Sugar Block Court”:

  • Artist Designed Court & Street Mural: Witness the unveiling of a brand-new immersive basketball court & street mural created by Devin Liston. Open Court Basketball: Bring your friends and family for friendly games on the open courts. Showcase your skills and engage in spirited competition with fellow fans.
  • Daily Live Music and Entertainment by Denver’s Best DJs: Play to the beats of Denver’s top DJs as they provide high-energy live music and entertainment throughout the event.

Urban Villages eagerly awaits sharing this special multi-day celebration with the City of Denver and looks forward to kicking off the start of an exciting 2024 basketball season together. Urban Villages also extends its heartfelt gratitude to District 10 Councilman Chris Hinds for his generous donation on behalf of the City of Denver. Hinds’ dedication to Denver is centered on the belief that everyone deserves access to opportunities, including access to housing, transportation, fresh and healthy food, and everything necessary to thrive.

This project is produced by ARTXIV, a global art production house and is generously supported by Urban Villages, Inc., a firm that curates experiences through integrated real estate development and property management ventures unique to each location, redefining urban design and ecological planning to balance economic needs with environmental concerns.

For media inquiries, please contact:

  • urbanvillages@jwadepr.com or 415-325-5519

About Urban Villages, Inc.: Urban Villages, Inc. curates experiences through integrated real estate development and property management ventures unique to each location. The firm designs, constructs, and invests in dynamic, district-wide ventures anchored by extraordinary buildings and the spaces that connect them. No two projects ever look alike, and the company views structures within organic, evolving networks. It redefines urban design and ecological planning to balance economic needs with environmental concerns. Urban Villages’ projects use less energy, consume fewer natural materials, generate long-lasting returns, and enhance communities. For more information, visit Urban Villages, Inc. Website.

About ARTXIV: ARTXIV is a global art production house and comprehensive creative strategy agency offering complete services for creators, companies, and collectors to deliver unique, artist-led physical and digital experiences.

About Devin Liston: Devin Liston is a Los Angeles multi-media artist who focuses mostly on oil painting and muralism. Liston’s career started in collective art teams including CYRCLE and DEVNGOSHA and at the end of 2014 he began working solo. His current work is centered around utilitarian objects in sports and carpentry, using these objects to create a language of exploring existence, meaning, and everyday life. He has done murals around the world, and his personal work has shown in Los Angeles, Iceland, Hong Kong, New York, Australia, Seattle, Munich, Bayreuth, Atlanta, and Mississippi.