Client: Mesa State College
Location: Grand Junction, CO, United States
Completion date: 2010
Artwork budget: $15,000
Mark Ditzler Glass Studio, LLC
Public Art Agent
Jil Rosentrater, Director Art in Public Places
Colorado Council on the Arts
Six colorful glass panels 16″ wide by 40″ tall installed in the Academic Classroom Building at Mesa State College. Located in a large common area between lecture halls, and a student lounge.
The Colorado Colors project was designed to enhance a school lecture hall area, and to provide inspiration to the students and faculty working there. The school is located near the “red rocks” area of Colorado, and there is a long history of agriculture due to the proximity of the Colorado River. Recently, a new wine industry has taken root. The colors for the glass panels were chosen from the reds, oranges and ambers of the local rock formations, greens and reds for the fruit orchards, blues for sky and water, and purples for the wine grapes.
The project required a trip to Colorado to visit the site, and a presentation to the local art committee and the Denver Public Art agency. A detailed sketch proposal, budget, and glass color samples were provided as part of the design process. A small dedication plaque on stand offs was also provided. Installation was completed with the help of carpenters from the college.