Sculpture Installed in Underpass to Sandhills Prairie Park
“Heads up” takes on new meaning in Sandhills Prairie Park. There’s a new public art installation on the ceiling of the underpass beneath north Central Park Blvd. Entitled Drift Inversion, the sculpture features a series of 258 yellow painted metal profiles suspended throughout the 128-foot concrete tunnel. The dramatic shapes echo the sand dunes that covered this area long before it became the lively urban landscape it is today.
The artist, David Franklin, grew up in the Denver area and was especially attracted to his project. Although he now resides in Indianola, Wash., he retains vivid memories of going through the tunnels in Clear Creek Canyon. His intent for this artwork was to create a sense of wonder and surprise for the pedestrians and cyclists using the tunnel. The east/west orientation gives the space transformational qualities throughout the day and throughout the seasons as light and shadow play on the artwork.
Park Creek Metropolitan District awarded the $175,000 commission for this artwork on the recommendation of an art selection committee composed of artists, engineers, landscape architects, representatives from Denver Parks and neighbors from this area. The funds for this commission come from the Denver Urban Renewal Authority. Thanks also go to the many engineers, designers and architects who assisted David with the technical requirements of this site and installation of 12,400 components of this unique artwork.
For more information about this sculpture or the Public Art Collection at Stapleton, contact Barbara Neal, public art consultant for Stapleton, at firstname.lastname@example.org.