PASSAGES - wind sculpture
Project Name: Brighton Downtown Art Project
Location: Brighton, CO
Year Completed: 2017
Commissioned by Brighton Cultural Arts Commission
Type: Public Art Commission
Material: Stainless Steel, Powdercoated Stainless Steel, LED Lightings, Acrylic
Size: 9'w x 9'd x 22'h
Objective: To create a landmark sculpture that is visible from a distance. One that welcomes residents and visitors alike and celebrates the environment as well as pays homage to the city's agricultural background.
Artistic Idea: This monumental sculpture celebrates the beautiful landscape that surrounds the city of Brighton. The intertwining colors and forms, as they move with the wind, describe the surrounding Colorado landscape as it rises from the rich soil of the valleys to the bright summits of the Colorado Rockies (Brown - "earth and soil", Green - "grass and mountains", Blue - "rivers and rain", Orange/Ocher - "Autumn fields", Pink/Red - "Spring flowers", Light Blue - "sky", Yellow - "sun"). The wind stimulates graceful movements that establish an instant bonding between the artwork and the viewers and also simulates the twirling cultural heritage dance seen in the southwest region.
On the base of the sculpture are internally illuminated designs of the South Platte River and the railroad, both were, and continue to be, so important to the growth and development of Brighton, bringing life and vitality to the city. The depiction of the agricultural iconography of the region commemorates the past and pays tribute to the strong agricultural history that became the foundation of the city.
At night, both the river (blue) and the railroad (red) are illuminated with LED Lighting along with the ground up-lighting. This ensures a nighttime presence and visibility from the highway nearby.