Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Denver has some great public art!

The public art in downtown Denver is exceptional.  There is always something new popping up, a sculpture or a mural. 
One of my favorite sculptures is Indeteminate Line by Bernar Venet.  This steel sculpture was installed in 2004 at the corner of Speer Boulevard and Stout Street, right in front of the Colorado Convention Center.  I like the contrast of the twisted steel against the linear lines of the convention center. To create the perfect rust, Venet used COR-TEN steel on the surface of the art piece. Indeterminate Line was manufactured in Hungry and shipped over to Denver in pieces.
Around the corner and a few blocks away is the great blue bear, I See What You Mean by Lawrence Argent. Argent was born in England and trained in sculpture at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.  Currently he is a professor of art at the University of Denver.
On 14th Street, the 40 foot Blue Bear is looking into the Convention Center.  The surface is coated in a lapis lazuli blue, polymer concrete.  It is so popular, it has become a Mile High Icon. 
Lau Tzu by Mark de Suvero is in Acoma Plaza which is located between the Denver Public Library and the Denver Art Museum's North Building.  I particularly like the color the  sculpture is painted.  The Lau Tzu is 30 feet tall and is made of 16 tons of industrial I-beams.
I have a fond memory of taking this photo of my brother, Carter and my parents in front of the Suvero sculpture years ago.  It was Christmas time and we had just dined at Palettes, the museum's restaurant.
The bronze sculpture, Scottish Angus Cow and Calf by Dan Ostermiller sits on the south side of the Denver Art Museums' Hamilton Building.
Ostermiller understands the anatomy of animals quite well for he worked with his father who was a taxidermist.   He is more interested in representing the mood and personality of the animal rather than dwell on the exact proportions.
Another favorite of mine is the 32 foot blue aluminum sculpture by Joe Shapiro that stands amongst the trees between the Clyfford Still Museum and the Denver Art Museum.  Shapiro is known for his dynamic sculptures composed of simple rectangular shapes.  Titled For Jennifer, it is in honor of Jennifer Moulton, director of planning and development for the City and County of Denver from 1992 - 2003 who died in 2004.  
Once the weather gets a bit warmer and the bike paths are void of snow,  I will be on the lookout for new murals and art.  What a great city!

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