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April 26, 2014

Cloudbreak

Filed under: Critical Issues in Public Art — Mia @ 8:32 pm

Inside the jurors’ assembly room of Denver’s Lindsey-Flanigan Courthouse is Catherine Widgery‘s public art sculpture, Cloudbreak. Over 12,500 glass cylinders and 25 glass panels create a colorful cloudscape that appears to push into the room from the outside. Since the artwork was designed for viewing from both the inside and the outside (with installed backlighting) of the courthouse, I’m writing a Critical Issues in Public Art research paper about Cloudbreak‘s public access, with respect to Jürgen Habermas’s and Michael Warner’s concepts of a public. This may be the final research paper for my BFA degree!

glass tubes project from a painted background of analogous  blues

glass tubes project from a painted background of warm and cool colors

glass tubes from the floor to the ceiling are varying lengths and diameters

interior perspective of the 14' x 41'  x 1.5' sculpture

silver art identification plaque

eastern face of the Lindsey Flannigan Courthouse

1 Comment »

  1. I had jury duty there and I didn’t know it is glass. In the morning (when they make you show up) it is lit by the sun coming up behind it. It makes the room bright.

    Comment by mary — May 1, 2014 @ 11:14 am


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