The Westin at Denver International Airport is a beautifully designed hotel. The rooms are furnished with framed images that obey a controlled palette of colors. The designers wanted images which were abstractions of natural textures. The designers wanted images which were abstractions of natural textures and landscape. The projects was artwork for the hotel’s room. Since I have a large library of natural textures from photos taken while hiking in west, I felt sure I would having something to work with. They chose this photo of the side of a large fallen pine tree and placed it in 248 rooms.
During an opening event for the artists we toured the building. When I stepped into the one hotel room they had open for visitors, there was my photo. It was delightful, too, to discover that right outside the window was DIA’s tent-like roof, something that one usually sees either from a good distance away, or from below.
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Art matters. Attention to the details of our environment leads to love of place, which brings us to take responsibility for the spaces where we live and work. And by extension, the people with whom we live and work. And by extension, to our local communities, our cities, our nations, and our world.
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