Chromatic Harvest

Submitted by RE:site

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Client: RTD Art-in-Transit

Location: Arvada, CO, United States

Completion date: 2017

Project Team

Artist

Shane Allbritton, Norman Lee

RE:site

Design Optimization / Project Management

Metalab

Overview

Chromatic Harvest is inspired by geometric crop rows, reinterpreted in a contemporary way. A vibrant, kaleidoscopic effect connects Arvada’s agricultural past with its dynamic present. The artwork features agricultural landscapes in an array of abstracted kaleidoscopic compositions. This effect is presented on ‘folded’ ceramic steel panels, to create a lenticular effect that changes with the viewer’s perspective. These folded panels are integrated onto the rail station plaza wall and the east underpass wall. As viewers move by the wall, the imagery shifts between the various kaleidoscopic compositions in a moving gradient.

Goals

The artwork connects the past with the present and future using the themes of agriculture and movement. Natural growth becomes the metaphor for the growth and vitality of Arvada’s current and future generations. Given the context of the rail station, movement becomes a metaphor for Arvada as a community on the move. The viewer’s own movement becomes part of their experience of the artwork, poetically grounded in Arvada’s agricultural past and the transportation context of the rail station site.

Process

Working with RTD Art-in-Transit, our team, RE:site and Metalab, were able to coordinate a seamless integration with the station infrastructure.