“Aspens & Moon”: New Public Art in East Park

The Lowry Foundation is delighted to announce that East Park’s first Public Art installation, “Aspens and Moon,” is complete!

To celebrate East Park’s first Public Art installation, the LCMA will be hosting a Picnic in the Park event at Tailwind Park on Sunday, June 29th 3-6P.  Click here for more information.

The Lowry Foundation invited residents of East Park to participate in the selection committee, which consisted of twelve volunteers – three East Park residents, five Lowry Foundation Board members, one LCMA representative, DURA staff, one architect and one engineer – and was chaired by Art Consultant Barbara Neal.

With $28K in DURA (Denver Urban Renewal Authority) funds to spend on the project, the committee reviewed over thirty pieces of art by twenty artists. The committee narrowed the selection down and did site visits for four pieces by three artists. Multiple sites in East Park were considered. The chosen site – the park-facing slope of the berm in Tailwind Park – was selected for its central location, visibility, pedestrian access (a trail runs across the top of the berm), protection from vehicle damage and graffiti, multiple vantage points and compatibility with the selected pieces’ aesthetics. The piece is set off to the side of the berm so as not to obstruct East Park’s prime sledding locale.

IMG_1429“Aspens and Moon” is kinetic, airy and brings elements of our seasonal Colorado landscape to Tailwind Park. It is unique to Lowry in that it features color (you’ll notice a lot of shiny steel in the art around Lowry), it incorporates colored glass and it is the first piece of Lowry art purchased from a female artist.

Reven Swanson is a local artist whose art is featured in Cherry Hills Village. Grand Junction, Fort Collins and Sioux Falls, South Dakota. She is a finalist for public art commissions in Denver and Rawlins, WY. Growing up in a rural Colorado setting, as a young girl, Reven built forts in ditches, swung on the backs of wild horses and chased lizards with her sister, Channing. It was a childhood experience that ran closely with the rhythms of the natural world. In an expression of that relationship, “Aspens and Moon” reminds us of peering through a colorful canopy. The swaying kinetic motion invites us to watch and observe the invisible wind currents.

Why is Public Art important? It provides a community with a sense of place and identity, activates the imagination and inspires creativity, encourages social interaction, raises awareness among the public and city officials about the area and may increase property values.

The Lowry Foundation is a 501(c)3 and a volunteer organization that seeks to enhance public spaces and create community in Lowry. They are the stewards of Lowry’s Public Art, holders of Lowry’s history – including the Eisenhower Chapel in the Lowry Town Center – and funders of the Community Grant Program, which redirects funds into the community that will enrich life in Lowry. You can find out more about the Lowry Foundation – how to donate and how to volunteer and also about their upcoming events – on their website at www.thelowryfoundation.org. You can also follow them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LowryFoundation.

To see a rendering of Aspens and Moon, go to: http://www.lowrydenver.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Aspens-Moon-8.pdf

You can also view a map of Aspens and Moon’s location in Tailwind Park here: http://www.lowrydenver.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Aspens-Moon-7.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact the Lowry Foundation at lowryfoundation@gmail.com or call (303) 344-0481.

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