I got to go on quick tour of Downtown Denver a few weeks ago. The city is littered with art and interesting architecture–which I love! Here are some of my findings. (Keep your eyes open for similarities I photographed between some of the structures and my mesh sneakers.)
Dancers is a steel and fiberglass statue by Jonathan Borofsky. The couple stands outside of the Denver Performing Arts Complex. It was created in an effort to demonstrate, “everything is connected and all is one.” Take a look at more of Borofsky’s work here. The red steel sculpture below is by Mark di Suvero named after ancient Chinese philosopher, Lao-Tzu. It’s located in Acoma Plaza between the North Building and Denver Public Library. It was constructed to suggest a union of opposites, of forms and voids–much like the Taoist yin-yang theory. See more of Mark di Suvero’s work here.
This 35 foot tall broom and dustpan was created by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje Van Bruggen. The Big Sweep is located on Martin Plaza outside the Hamilton Building. I love everyday objects that disrupt our typical conception of scale. See more of this duo’s pieces here.
Dennis Oppenheim’s Light Chamber is fashioned after the unfolded petals of a flower. As you can guess by the name, it is illuminated at night. It’s right outside The Denver Office of Cultural Affairs. This piece also plays on the metaphorical flow of the mental process as a mind makes its way through the decision-making process, alluding to the inner workings of the court system. See more of Oppenheim’s work here. This insane structure is the North Building of the Denver Art Museum. Italian architect Gio Ponti and Denver-based James Sudler Associates dreamt it up. It’s covered in glass tiles and the skinniest windows you ever did see. Find out more about Ponti here. The conglomeration of buildings below is the Denver Public Library. This postmodern construction was built in 1995 and designed by Michael Graves. Postmodernity is known for its wit, ornament, and reference. Take a closer look at his wide range of work here. Well, what do you think? Which pieces do you love and which ones do you hate?