CSU Spur will be an art destination that reflects the local and global communities, a true union of art and science, and the CSU System is proud to be a part of bringing new artwork into the community. The CSU System selected eight artists, four from Colorado, to activate the CSU Spur campus with one-of-a-kind, large-format art installations. Each have a brilliant and unique approach that will add to the Denver landscape with meaningful, sustainable, and inspiring works reflecting a diversity of thought and artistic approach.
Anthony will host community art/environmental workshops at RedLine Contemporary Art Center and Birdseed Collective as part of this piece, as well as provide stipends to adult and youth volunteers for painting the project. This piece will fully wrap the alleyway with a loud, vibrant pattern that welcomes visitors and creates a portal-like experience when walking through it.
The ceramic mural evokes a dreamlike landscape with botanical imagery displaying native flowers symbolic of growth and continuity. This visual narrative features images of cats, birds, dogs, and horses as part of the programming at Vida. Noble stallions pay tribute to forgotten native tribes, culture, and history.
The cellular surface will be formed from a matrix of rings that will digitally represent live experiments happening within the campus. The rings take inspiration from the fields of Colorado, the use of circular patterns within data visualizations, and the idea of an angular mechanism filling and emptying.
The concept reinterprets the electrocardiogram (ECG) vital signs and other data visualizations of horses at various modes of activity into an expansive and dimensional mural of a horse, then uses varying sizes and colors of tropical hardwoods to create each vital sign data cluster.
The concept is to engage users with the innovative ideas of the future of food. The suspended lit installation directly responds to the building and surrounding neighborhood community. It offers the public a close-up experience of the vertical farm movement in a contemporary installation, with organic-inspired graphic elements and a palette rooted in traditional and modern agriculture.
The power of people + the power of the ocean. Strength/power + play/innovation. The installation of “Crescendo” is focused on the large grouping of waves placed centrally in the water building backyard. The waves flow throughout the entire backyard. With the diversity of the shape groupings and the overall expanse, the installation can hold up to 28 forms.
The sculpture references the context of the food and agriculture building, while interpreting the literal bale for a reflective sculptural passage. It will provide a recognizable and welcoming feature that reflects surrounding light and shadow conditions.
A sculpture that utilizes waters’ tendency to spiral to create a swirling water form that falls through the center space of the stairwell into a large catchment vase in the lobby. “Swirl” will consist of a rotating spout mounted to the ceiling of the third floor which emits a single stream of water that spirals down through the center space of the stairwell and is caught by a large vase form on the first floor. By illuminating the sculpture with programmable LED strobe lighting the water will not only catch the light as it falls but will also appear to be moving in slow motion, or even floating, as though it’s suspended mid-air.