The Colorado Welcome Centers are designed to guide visitors in exploring Colorado. They incorporate a large scale map with activity/site symbols, a brochure display system, and a photo display room, all coded to six regions flagged by colored parallelograms. A Colorado landscape painting in the entry introduces the parallelogram flag. Exterior glyphs of animals and nature appear on the exterior walls. Shaped paintings of geometric landscape and animals were made for the interior walls
The colored parallelograms used in the map, the brochure racks and the photo displays guide the visitors to six equal divisions of the state. Via the design of both the paintings and the display systems, the project conjoins the informative and the aesthetic.
I worked with the architects from the very earliest phase of the architectural process. We met with the client and outlined the purpose and functionality of the building. We then designed how the artwork would facilitate the work of the Centers' volunteers in counseling visitors to the state, providing them with directions, sites, activities, brochures and images as well as coffee and bathrooms. I created and installed all the art and design, including the purple redwood bison glyph on the exterior. I worked with architect Michael Brendle on three of these visitor centers for the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and also a unique and award-winning rest-area building for Colorado Department of Transportation.
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