Our Community Dance

Submitted by Roberta Bloom

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Client: City of Aurora, CO

Location: Aurora, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $85,000

Project Team

Client

Roberta Bloom

City of Aurora

Client

Lindsey Smith

Regional Transportation District

Artist

Koryn Rolstad

Koryn Rolstad Studios

Overview

Utilizing existing clear poly carbonate panels of both sides of the bridge; images are layered in groups of visual storytelling printed in various patterns and translucency as they move from one end of the bridge to another on both sides. Audio storytelling is also utilized with an original composition created to enhance images with natural sounds of the images depicted. For example, tap sounds near the image of tap dancers tapping. During the evening- ambient lighting of the bridge allows clear panels to glow with a nighttime experience from the street to the interior of the bridge.

Goals

The main focus for Our Community Dance for the Florida Station Pedestrian Bridge installation, was to form an interactive language that is joyful, accessible and acts as a visual identity, allowing for opportunity to continually change throughout the day and seasons. I wanted the story of movement formed by all types of citizens, community activities, medical personal, and native animals (as examples), which populate this diverse area and represent the Colorado culture. This theme was produced by images of all types of active motion images: from the canter of a horse to the toe shoes of a ballet dancer to children playing, and researching the inclusion of all types of activities in-between. Koryn wanted to provide an environment that surrounded the moving population, to and from their destination, through an immersive visual story of their unique neighborhood and state. This interaction with the imagery included stories by the viewer and was designed to engage, delight and educate all ages and walks of life. She imagined families with children entertained while walking towards their destination within these medical facilities with a positive feelings of support and delight.


Process

The art along the R Line began as a collaboration between the city of Aurora and the Regional Transportation District, sharing funding, defining an overarching theme (Color, Light and Motion), and working together on the selection of artists. Koryn’s projects are successful because of collaboration with various teams. KRS studios works technical architectural designers developing drawings from presentation through fabrication details. Multiple fabricators build the component parts, each of the elements in the projects are fabricated separately. The installers were hired in the area who each had special skills. The installation of the printed film was a mathematical feat of engineering since the bridge arcs upward and then down. The music was written with animal sounds by Kevin Rolstad Music and loaded into each of the drivers and speakers. The final completion included electrical and audio engineering to balance the sound and allow for the project voices to change as the pedestrian moves along the bridge to their destination.

Additional Information

Koryn involved the community by forming an understanding of the site and its role to support visual goals. By giving voice to all stakeholders, the artwork can be accessible and responsive, extending visual language while connecting with those who interact with their environment. Her background in architecture, engineering, and fine arts has led to a philosophy of exploration implementing a kit of parts concept, incorporating components into elements, installed as continuous systems for larger coverage and visual interest. Roberta drives under this bridge twice a day and it always brings a smile to her face. It is joyous!