“Color Series with Canes” Glass Wall Panels

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Client: Mesa State College

Location: Grand Junction, CO, United States

Completion date: 2010

Artwork budget: $15,000

Project Team

Artist

Mark Ditzler

Mark Ditzler Glass Studio, LLC

Public Art Agent

Jil Rosentrater, Director Art in Public Places

Colorado Council on the Arts

Overview

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.

Goals

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.

Process

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.