I created large-scale glyphs, an entry welcome painting, visual displays, geographically coded brochure racks and a large scale map with symbols for activities and a graphic representation of canyons and mountains.
The Colorado Welcome Centers are designed to guide visitors in exploring Colorado. 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 art and the display systems, the project conjoins the informative and the aesthetic.
I worked with the architects from the early in 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. The dinosaur glyphs are 8'x12'. I made full-scale paper drawings for them. Using a pounce wheel and chalk bag, they were transferred to the naked steel plates. They were then cut free-hand by a oil-field worker using an acetylene torch.
This is a remarkable piece of architecture located in a remote and dusty corner of a large western state. I included the last, fuzzy, photo to give a sense of the building as roadside art in its context. The eastern side of the building is clad in raised-seam metal roofing in the vernacular shed form. The large concrete fins, referencing stegosaur plates, extend into the masonry portion of the building creating spaces.
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