Premise - CODAworx


Client: The State of Colorado

Location: Denver, CO, United States

Completion date: 2013

Artwork budget: $250,000

Project Team


David Griggs

David Griggs LLC


Joe Riche

Demiurge Design


Colorado’s new State Justice Center houses the Colorado Supreme Court, the State Law Library, and the Courthouse Office Tower. People who conduct the daily work of the State Courts will pass through the Lobby area of the Office Tower, a 2-story ceremonial entrance space. This space, and the concerns of its users, inspired the design for “Premise”. The artwork is anchored by a 20’ diameter self-illuminated “halo” chandelier. This is crowned with a ring of naturalistic stems and leaves, and suspended beneath the Office Lobby dome. The chandelier has internal LED lights which project a soft glow from the suspended atrium piece.


All of these elements in "Premise" complement each other to reveal a natural order; the balance, symmetry, and proportions of nature that are emulated in judicial principles. This natural order is reflected in our legal system, in which ideas about fairness and justice are fully inspired by the laws of nature.


In addition to the "halo" chandelier the design also includes indigenous art glass graphics on the windows of the space, as well as a prairie-grass wall relief on the upper story walls. This architecturally-integrated installation was a collaboration with the Justice Center's design team as well as several fabricators and installers.