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Civic Center Art in the Park 2019

A Narrative Landscape - Now Retired

 The Civic Center Conservancy’s “Art in the Park” program retired local artist Theresa Clowes’ piece “A Narrative Landscape” in November, 2019.  A magnificent, 5-month display, the fabric installation floated within the Civic Center Park Greek Theatre to celebrate its 100-year anniversary by visually activating the Colonnades.  The temporary art display, commissioned by the nonprofit Civic Center Conservancy and co-curated by Hey Hue Art, is the 2nd piece the Conservancy has brought to historic Civic Center Park.

Click HERE for photos.

 

Those who visited “A Narrative Landscape” reveled in its representation of layers of time and land through eight hung individual 12’ x 10’ fabric panels.  The historical panorama portrayed a hundred years of events, symbols and themes through layers of abstract images and textures.  From afar, viewers experienced an elegant ephemeral Colorado vista, while up-close noticeable images of clouds, leaves, words, and people are recognized.  The experience was further enhanced through the contrast of translucent/opaque fabric and the theater’s monumental stone facade.

Theresa found inspiration in the City Beautiful Movement, the Theatre's Turkey Creek sandstone structure, its Allen Tupper True murals, and the Park’s iconic place as the nucleus of Denver’s civic life to create these meditative panels that invite viewers to slow down, look closely, and stay awhile. 

 

Watch Theresa talk in detail about her inspiration HERE.

 

In their words, the curators and artist describe their experience installing this piece:

"Over the course of the five-day installation, we witnessed a Quinceañera, the video taping of a hip-hop music video, a rogue barefoot column climber, gale-force winds, all four seasons in a single day, and too many random acts of kindness to count. Plus we got a 5,000-lb. forklift stuck in the mud. It may very well have been the best install ever."

 

Art in the Park is sponsored by the Xcel Energy Foundation and co-curated by Castle Searcy and Deanne Gertner of Hey Hue Art.  Additional thanks to Denver Parks & Recreation and Denver Arts & Venues for their support.

 

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