Northern Stand - CODAworx

Northern Stand

Submitted by Mel Ristau

Client: Integrated Properties, Inc.

Location: Denver, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $60,000

Project Team

Art Consultant

Becky McCoy



Ed Nicks

Integrated Properties, Inc.


Mel Ristau

Ristau Sculpture, LLC

Interior Designer

Katie Winter

Keiding Interior Architecture + Design


234 translucent acrylic tiles with matte and mirror polished aluminum wings make this sculpture sensitive to the slightest air movement. Its total distributed weight is under 45 pounds. My client’s desire that the work descends into the atrium stairwell while playing above stairs and upper walkway determined the five section structure.
19 x 14 x 3' (H,W,D)
Weight: 42 lbs distributed over 5 suspension points
General Media: Suspended Kinetic Sculpture
Specific Media/Materials: stainless steel, aluminum, 3-Form translucent acrylic
Style: Abstract


The approach I take to commission art projects begins with listening and collaborating and results in proposals that are appropriate and distinct from my previous installations. My enthusiasm for problem-solving results in fresh and striking themes that are project specific.  Images in my CODAworx portfolio show how this approach has resulted in diverse yet apt solutions. Each of my projects is an example of successfully responding to my client’s objectives with a kinetic sculpture that both welcomes and inspires its audience.

I bring business management skills and an extensive design background to each project. Each of my 25  installations has been delivered on schedule, within budget and have immediately proven appealing to a broad audience. Participating on design teams for over 35 years, I have worked extensively with administrators and planners, architects, interior designers, engineers, contractors and fabricators who say what they like most about our collaborations is my being “superbly professional,” and “a joy to work with,” while contributing a “masterful understanding of architectural space,” and “superb craftsmanship.” The established professional relationships I can call upon insure a successful development-to-installation process.

Additional Information

"I presented Mel only a photo off of his website as direction. Not only did he take that and run, he developed several beautiful, thorough and extremely detailed concepts for my client. Once we got the "green light" he laid out a timeline for production and installation that was spot on. His communication throughout was amazing. The piece he installed is stunning and continues to impress and delight the tenants of the building. I look forward to collaborating with Mel again!” Becky McCoy, Co-Founder, Make West, Denver CO