14th Street Overlay
Central Business District
cast bronze, aluminum
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About This Piece
is a civic artwork situated in downtown Denver Colorado and occupies 12 blocks of 14th street between Market and Colfax The piece consists of 23 individual cast metal sculptures, optical components, mounting foundations, and QR tag signage. Each piece has been speciﬁcally designed to align with its selected site.
The castings. There are 7 different types of castings made out of either aluminum or bronze depending on what they are mounted to. Each casting was based on a historically signiﬁcant optical device. The bronze castings consist of a smartphone, a motion picture camera, a spyglass, a twin lens reﬂex camera and a coin operated telescope. The remaining two aluminum castings are an instant camera and a television set. The bronze castings received a black patina and a coat of wax while the aluminum castings have been powder-coated in a black/bronze color chosen to match the color of the bronze patina.
The optical components. There are 3 different types of optical solutions used in this piece. The twin lens reﬂ ex cameras (TLR for short) have a domed glass lens situated above a large transparent slide. The smartphones and televisions have either ‘3D’ or ‘ﬂip’ lenticular image mounted to their surface. Lastly the remaining 4 casting types have optical cylinders that operate much like a riﬂ e site to merge a view of the street-scape with artist generated content. The content within each piece was derived from manipulated historic photographs or commissioned illustrations.
The foundations. In the case of the bronze cast objects each has been attached to stainless steel foundations which has been in turn rigidly afﬁ xed to existing curbs or embedded into the concrete sidewalk. All of these have dedicated foundations except for the smartphones which have been attached to stainless bicycle racks. The two aluminum casting types are attached directly to existing wayﬁ nding signage.
The website. Along with the physical presence of the piece a website www.14thst.org has been created to provide information about each site/story.
The QR tags. A stainless steel tag has been attached immediately adjacent to each casting. A smartphone readable ‘QR’ code has been printed on the tag so that anyone who scans it will be directed to a speciﬁc webpage on 14thst.org. This direct link to a dedicated page details the story behind the image.
As a whole, the piece is designed to act as a sort of ‘treasure hunt’ which will motivate pedestrian trafﬁc to search up and down the street for other objects and stories.