On August 18, 2015, RMCAD students will install a temporary outdoor public art piece at the iconic Brookfield Properties' 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 20 from 5:30 - 8 p.m.
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.
ABOUT MOA 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 at 1000 Englewood Parkway, Suite 2-230, Englewood, CO 80110.