Denver Metro Art News
- Published on August 12, 2015
- Written by Ken Hamel
Museum of Outdoor Arts Public Art Program Sponsors Temporary Sculpture for Republic Plaza
Above: A rendering by RMCAD students of the temporary public art piece titled Pike's Peak or Bust
On August 18, 2015 students from Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD) will install a temporary outdoor public art piece at Brookfield Property Partners' iconic Denver skyscraper Republic Plaza, located at 370 17th Street. The sculpture will be installed on the building's north outdoor plaza pedestal at 17th and Tremont and will be on display through November 2015. There will be a public opening reception at the property on August 20th from 5:30-8pm.
The project is generously supported by Arts Brookfield and is a product of the Museum of Outdoor Arts' (MOA) Design and Build Program, in which emerging artists create temporary, site-specific public art from design to installation in only eight weeks. MOA worked with Arts Brookfield (sponsor) to commission the students in RMCAD's Experimental Studies summer class to design, build, and install this temporary public art piece. The resulting art piece, Pike's Peak or Bust, is a large-scale temporary sculpture that pays homage to the Colorado Pike's Peak Gold Rush of the 1800s (see rendering above). The sculpture was constructed over an eight-week period by eight participating students overseen by RMCAD faculty member and artist, Matthew Harris.
"MOA's Design and Build program has been operating for nearly 25 years", said MOA President and Executive Director Cynthia Madden Leitner. "We work with various stakeholders in the community to secure a site and realize a piece of site-specific public art. We are fortunate to have collaborated with Arts Brookfield and Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design on this year's project."
Since 1991, MOA's Design and Build program has provided an opportunity for young artists, students and creative minds to express their creativity in collaborative art projects. Assisted by university instructors and professional artists, Design and Build participants produce exciting and original site-specific art works for public spaces in the Denver metro area. Interns find creative solutions to practical challenges as they master the skills to transform their creative ideas into finished pieces. The program generates temporary public art and exhibitions while offering lessons in collaborative teamwork, problem-solving and aesthetic and technical considerations. From concept to installation, students must consider a variety of elements including environmental concern, safety, budgeting, project design, proposal writing, maquette making, construction and installation.
Arts Brookfield presents exciting, world-class cultural experiences to thousands of people for free each year in both indoor and outdoor public spaces at Brookfield's premier buildings in Denver, New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Toronto, Perth and Sydney. From concerts, theater and dance to film screenings and art exhibitions, Arts Brookfield brings public spaces to life through art. For more information, visit the website, Facebook page or follow Arts Brookfield on Twitter.
RMCAD is an innovative, rigorous, and community-oriented global learning environment. Offering online and on-campus undergraduate and graduate degrees, the school inspires passion for critical thinking and prepares learners to be forces of change in the creative industries, our communities and the world. RMCAD offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Animation, Art Education, Commercial Photography, Fashion Design, Fine Arts, Game Art, Graphic Design, Illustration, and Interior Design; a Bachelor of Arts in Business Management for the Creative Industries; and a Master of Arts in Education, Leadership + Emerging Technologies. Find more information at RMCAD.edu or by calling 800.888.ARTS.
The Museum of Outdoor Arts (MOA) is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to making the visual and performing arts accessible to everyone by implementing its mission of "Making Art a Part of Everyday Life". MOA receives partial funding from the City of Englewood, the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) of Arapahoe County and the Xcel Energy Foundation. MOA owns and operates Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre in collaboration with its tenant AEG Live - Rocky Mountains, and is home to art studios and indoor galleries at its main headquarters on the second floor of the Englewood Civic Center.
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