Upper Main Street Clothesline
Junction of Park Ave., Colfax Ave. and Franklin St.
City Park West
About This Piece
This sculpture has been built with six kinetic discs suspended on a steel cable between two swaying upright poles. The discs fashioned from 22-gauge mild steel and fitted bearings. Their finishes are brightly colored powder coats and enamel paints. The support poles fabricated in polished stainless steel and rolled to create an effortless sway. The mix of kinetic movement, color and bouncing patterns reflects the ‘moving energy” of Colfax Avenue – it’s commerce, culture, events, townships and people.
In a historical consideration, US Hwy. 40 is a clothesline connection of commerce, culture, events, townships and people. US Highway 40 meant that Denver continued to grow as a major corridor from East to West. It ensured Denver the benefit of being a major crossroad. The history of a “moving culture” filled with automobiles, bikes, pedestrians and businesses. In a short lifetime, the tide of business, gentrification and redevelopment ebbs and flows like the roadway’s daily traffic jams.
As a site consideration, the challenges the sculpture must address in this location include the existing trees and canopy, local residents, competing visuals from commercial signs and be tamper-resistant. The site has both a ‘drive-by’ location as well as a pedestrian use.
The visual considerations of the“drive-by” and pedestrian thoroughfare, the sculpture must be simple in nature, but generate a bold statement. The background of Evergreen trees creates a strong canvas. The neighborhood culture that is dramatically shifting with renewed energy. The sculpture dances in a whimsical fashion. Discs moving in different directions, at different speeds reflects the daily engagement of light, sound and people, going places, doing things – having a good time on Colfax Avenue.