Zephyr in Triptych

Submitted by Douwe Blumberg

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Client: Town of Superior

Location: Superior, CO, United States

Completion date: 2019

Artwork budget: $185,000

Project Team

Architect

DaVinci Architectural Design

Industry Resource

Malouf Engineering

Overview

A site-specific roundabout artwork. 20' tall, aluminum/magnesium alloy.

Goals

The two overarching requirements in my mind when designing this piece were to communicate the message of true "community in a unique, vibrant and uplifting way and to also create a work that would provide a presence as a "gateway" artwork for the city.

Process

Aside from collaboration with my studio staff, this project required close collaboration with engineers, landscape designers and state transportation authorities. Consistent collaboration with varied groups and specialists is an inherent facet of large projects such as this and one which I find stimulating and enjoyable.

Additional Information

"Zephyr in Triptych" grew "organically" from this site and community interviews. I wanted to create a piece that communicated a powerful, uplifting, hopeful message about true "community", where diversity and individuality can enrich and strengthen the group. I have also always felt a sense of grandeur and wonder in nature and was struck here by the open sky, the mountains on the horizon, how the hot sun feels with the wind flowing around me.