Dedication of Public Artwork by Susan Cooper, Pamela Mougin and Christopher Weed
Southwest corner of S. Colorado Blvd. and Buchtel Blvd. in the University Park neighborhood
Friday, October 10, 2008 at 4:00 pm
Serenity - Christopher Weed (left) and Observation Point - Susan Cooper (right)
(from the press release)
Artist Pamela Mougin was selected by [real estate developer] Evans Street Partners to create action photos of wild horses etched in granite, on the S. Colorado Blvd. Wells Fargo building. Neighborhood representatives selected Susan Cooper, who created panels on E. Evans Ave., and Buchtel Blvd., and Christopher Weed, who installed a sculpture at the corner of S. Colorado Blvd. and Buchtel Blvd.
Cooper's Observation Point panels consist of two installations, one on the Office Depot building on E. Evans Ave., and the other on the building facing Buchtel Blvd. The wall sculpture on E. Evans Ave. depicts Chamberlin Observatory, a beloved neighborhood landmark, in the midst of enormous old trees. Four colorful panels on Buchtel Blvd. represent trees during the four different seasons, illuminated by neon at night. The green canopy predominant in the University Park neighborhood inspired both panels.
Cooper grew up in California, received a BA and MA degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and has lived in Denver since 1975. She has installed 25 public art projects in the U.S., and her Denver work can be seen in the City and County Building Rotunda, at the Denver Public Library, in Congress Park, at Kaiser Permanente buildings, and at 13 RTD stations. She has been an artist in residence in New Mexico, and at Yaddo, NY. She is represented by William Havu Gallery.
Christopher Weed's sculpture Serenity on the corner of S. Colorado Blvd. and Buchtel Blvd. consists of 18 bright purple spheres, set atop stainless steel "stems" varying in height up to 20 feet. Ten thousand thin steel rods jut out from the powder-coated, iridescent tops to create a thistle-like, or cosmic, appearance, depending on the viewer's interpretation.
Weed's goal was to create a bit of escapism at a very busy intersection. "When placed in a grouping, the sculpture creates a canopy effect, much like being in a forest," he said. "The idea was to create numerous, free-standing sculptural elements, where viewers can lose themselves, if only for a brief moment."
Weed grew up in Philadelphia, PA, earned a fine arts degree from the University of Maryland, studied in Europe for several years, and has installed 15 public art projects in the U.S. and abroad since 1998. His Colorado installations include "Opening Doors" at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, named "Best Public Art in Denver" in 2007 by 5280 magazine, and the popular Windswept sculpture at the RTD Dayton light rail station in 2006. He has also completed projects in Aurora, Lafayette, Boulder, and Superior. He is represented at A New Leaf Gallery in San Francisco, CA., and Shidoni Foundry,Shidoni Foundry, Gallery and Sculpture GardensinSanta Fe, NM