A month ago photographer Henrik Haven travelled to Denver, Colorado for two weeks to document a large scale public artwork (113.85 meters wide x 6.7 meters high) by Karl Addison – which he painted on a new Federal RTD Station that opens this October.
The work was created on a construction site (they are building the new Station as we speak) and in order to enter you had to wear safety equipment including a helmet, vest, trousers and safety shoes.
What I’m proud to share now is creating a public artwork that extends from being singular as a painting on wall – but into an environment. Something that treads on those lines of being an installation and an experiences. This project has take well over a year to produce. From the first moments of discussing the possibilities with a dear friend David Walker in the beginning of 2015 at Turkish restaurant at Kotti in Berlin. Finalizing the concept in Malaysia, writing out the full concept, budget, timelines, sketches and past examples. Flying to Denver in March 2015 to give an interview of my concept to a panel 18 plus people. Then the waiting game…. and “luck” is the only word that comes to mind when I hear I got it.
I focus on this theme, working with an open-call system to get local people to play the roles of their space between the silhouettes that are place holders frozen in time and 3 larger giants who peer down in fascination. The giants are overlaid on a smooth gradient of color blending from a rich warmer purple, to soft creams and ice blues, to a deep rich purple into blue. The color transition goes into green and lighter subsection exceeding to the far left along Ashlar Stone facade. Inviting the theory of train stations in Japan, the idea of a soothing atmosphere to help relieve stress from the “come and go.” Each cinder block is painted one by one with the same color blends as the gradient – a map of larger color blocks so the viewer can start to translate 90 colors used.
It’s a collective effort to create something on this scale. A huge thanks to the team at RTD, Libby, Lindsey & Michael. The hours and hard work Amy Faulkner put in to support and make sure the whole project was ran smoothly from start to finish. Henrik Haven for coming in and spending two weeks of long hours to document the process and create beautifully stunning photos. And to the community at hand of Denver that helped support, stopped by to say “hello.”