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What is your favorite design for our new public art piece

Posted by lgirard on June 05th 2006 to Center News,Uncategorized

What is your favorite design this summer at the Arvada Center?

The Arvada Center announces the finalists for the 2006 Public Art Commission, a sculpture which will be prominently featured in a new outdoor plaza on the north side of the building. This work of art is intended both to mark the completion of Phase I of the Center’s expansion and serve as a tribute to the Arvada Center’s 30th Anniversary.

The finalists — Howard Kalish of Brooklyn, New York; Bruce Gueswel of Loveland, Colorado and Kendra Fleischman of Golden, Colorado — are each accomplished sculptors having been selected from a pool of fifty artists or artist teams who submitted proposals from throughout the country. Maquettes of each artist’s design concept were officially unveiled at the Arvada Center’s Wine and Arts Classic on Friday, June 2. They are now on display in the Arvada Center’s main entrance until September 30, during which time the public will have the opportunity to vote on its favorite design. View the maquettes at:

The winning selection will be announced at the Arvada Center’s 30th Anniversary celebration on November 5. The artwork is expected to be completed and installed by May 2007.

The Arvada Center has two other public art pieces on its premises. Funding for this $65,000 commission is being privately raised and will not come from the $6.5 million set aside for the expansion. Saunders Construction, Inc., the General Contractor for the expansion project, has kicked off the campaign with a $15,000 lead gift. For more information on how you can contribute to the Public Art Program, call (720) 898-7227.

Design #1

“Dancing on the Stairs” by Kendra Fleischman

Design #2

“Dream Tree” by Howard Kalish

Design #3

“Sarva-Anga-Asana” by Bruce Gueswel

Tell us your favorite design in the comments below.

27 responses to “What is your favorite design for our new public art piece”

  1. shudson says:

    I like Design #3 the best. Really creative use of positioning the human body. I wonder how tall it would be?

  2. Tracy says:

    Design #1

    “Dancing on the Stairs” by Kendra Fleischman shows a lot of movement just by looking at it.

  3. Jarl says:

    So my choices are dancing blue people, a rainbow broccoli stalk or a blocky yoga woman? Um… I’ll go with #1, the dancing blue people. Seems to fit the “arts center” image. But… how about a big blue bear looking in the window? Has anybody thought of that?!

  4. Alice Smith says:

    I like the dream tree by kalish. The theme fits in with the organic vine like design on the outside of the blue building. Thanks.

  5. Lynn Horning says:

    I like #1 as it encompasses action in many stages and that is what the Center reminds me of when I pass by or go to an event.

  6. Leah says:

    I also wonder about the scale of these pieces. I like #2 the best. It is dramatic and mystical. I don’t care for #1- I feel like it is what you would expect and a bit cliche- maybe if it were executed better it would hold more appeal. #3 is interesting but the blockiness is a bit off putting.

  7. Danielle says:

    Design # 3 is beautiful and very unique!

  8. Rachael Quinn says:

    I love the “all encompassing” Dream Tree.
    It conveys an umbrella fstage for all art forms.

  9. Gayle says:

    All 3 of the final designs are excellent and would be good choices for the new plaza. My favorite is #1, Dancing on the Stairs. It’s lively, joyful, colorful and seems reflective of the arts (dance, music, and the visual arts)–everything the Arvada Center is all about. I think children, especially, will relate to this piece and will dance on the stairs too, so I hope it will be placed and executed in a way that viewers can join the figures. My second favorite design is #2, the Dream Tree. The colors are lovely and it does have a mystical quality, but will you see the tree-top colors from below? Will it also become just “one more tree” on the plaza with the other landscaping? How this “broccoli tree” is perceived depends on how large the final sculpture is and how it is lighted at night, which could make or break this piece. Good job to all the artists and to the selection committee.

  10. Marilee Rowe says:

    I vote for Dream Tree. As several people mention in their comments, more information about the size, the context etc. for these sculptures would have helped in the decision process.

  11. N Mary Nelson says:

    I love both #1 and #2 so I don’t know how to vote. I guess I will vote for #1 because it shows dance etc., though I think #2 is more beautiful

  12. Tom Brewster says:

    I vote for Finalist #1, “Dancing on the Stairs” by Kendra Fleischman. This work displays what the Arvada Center has consistently provided the art loving community: movement, energy and talent. A creative and wonderful signature piece, which not only portrays dancing on stairs, but also reaching for the stars!

  13. Shirley Langvardt says:

    I am voting for Design #1 I like the idea of the people moving.

  14. Erin C says:

    I vote for #1.

  15. Rosalita says:

    I vote for #1 its nice and has the arts meaning to it

  16. Denise Evancich says:

    I vote for #1.

  17. Lisa Walker says:

    I vote for #1 Dancing on the Stairs

  18. Allen Abshire says:

    My preference is #3, with #1 a close second .

  19. Brenda L says:

    I love #3. Beautiful and artistic. I like that it’s a bit out of the ordinary. I hope it’s big!

  20. Philip W. Keesee says:

    I like the piece by Golden artist Kendra Fleischman, ” Dancing on the Stairs”. It shows movement, color and layers which are not present in the other 2 works. I did like the comment made about the giant blue bear looking in the window, very cleaver.

  21. Jenene St.Peter says:

    I think the “Dancing on the stairs” piece is fantastic. It presents different points of
    interest, and I love the color. I also think
    that children and adults alike can relate to the

  22. MAS says:

    All pieces have their own unique appeal but I vote for #1.

  23. Anne Barrett says:

    I like #2 because it is something I have never seen before. I love colors.

  24. CYNTHIA DRAN says:

    I go for the Dream Tree too, it;s really pretty;
    and the right design for the Arvada Center, because
    it is art!

  25. Emily says:

    I definetely vote for the dream tree, #2. It beats the others in beauty.

  26. Elizabeth Jones says:

    Dancing on the stairs is beautiful. It describes what goes on at the Arvada Center so well. Thanks for letting us vote! E. Jones

  27. Hands down, love the “Dream Tree.” Within that work is all the color, symbolism and dynamic that each of the cultural art disciplines can find commonality.

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