Pike's Peak or Bust
August 20, 2015 - May 17, 2016
UPDATE: This sculpture was built to last and will be moved to the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design's campus.
Click here to see the process video of this session of Design and Build.
On display at Republic Plaza's in Downtown Denver (Corner of 17th and Tremont)
On August 18, 2015, RMCAD students installed a temporary outdoor public art piece at the iconic Brookfield Properties' Denver skyscraper, Republic Plaza, located at 370 17th Street. The sculpture was installed on the building's north outdoor plaza pedestal at 17th and Tremont and will be on display through February 2016. There was a public opening reception at the property on August 20 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. to honor the participating student artists.
The project is a product of the Museum of Outdoor Arts' (MOA) Design and Build Program, in which temporary public art is created from design to installation. MOA worked with stakeholder Arts Brookfield to commission the Experimental Studies summer class at RMCAD to design, build, and install this temporary public 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 1800's (see rendering above). The sculpture was constructed over an eight-week period by eight participating students overseen by faculty members.
"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 is a program of Brookfield Properties and invigorates public spaces through the presentation of free cultural experiences in Brookfield's premier buildings around the world. By commissioning, producing, and presenting world-class works of art, Arts Brookfield supports creativity and innovation in the fields of music, dance, theater, film, and visual art. As a result, Republic Plaza features year round indoor and outdoor art exhibitions for the enjoyment of its tenants and surrounding community.
Matthew Harris (Instructor/Artist)
This session of Design and Build is generously supported by Arts Brookfield, Xcel Energy Foundation and the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District.