Time: April through May, for the years 2004, 2005 and 2006.
Budget: Each school received $750. Special thanks for cash and in-kind support from Mark Kelley with DMJM Aviation and Interstate Highway Corporation (IHC)
Details: Participating schools, Chatfield Senior High School, Pomona High School and Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design chosen to design and build works of art for Pena Blvd.
Project team: Colleen Fanning, Art Program Manager, Denver International Airport; Reggie Norman, Senior Architect; Hana Rocek, Manager of Maintenance and Engineering, Denver International Airport; Amy Laugesen and Pam Starck, Museum of Outdoor Art; Mark Kelly, DMJM Aviation was technical and engineering lead. The exhibit was a partnership with the Museum of Outdoor Arts, Design and Build Competition™. Special thanks to Cynthia Madden Leitner, Director, MOA, for her innovative programming.
In 2004, 2005 and 2006, Fanning Partnership partnered with the Museum of Outdoor Arts The Design and Build Program™. We identified two locations along Peña Blvd at Denver International Airport for placement of temporary sculpture. High school and college students designed and built site specific sculpture for these three locations.
Students who were selected were asked to present their ideas both in writing and verbally to a panel of professionals from DIA. These students conveyed structural and conceptual ideas and worked with staff to create solutions for issues such as weather and scale of work. The Design and Build program is incorporated into the participating school's arts curriculum.
Peña Blvd at Denver International Airport was an excellent location for the placement of art in a heavily traveled area. In utilizing the scenic corridor along Peña Blvd, 65,000-85,000 vehicles per day passed these works of art during the two months they were on view. Travels, although specifically observed only from the roadway, experienced a moment for pause and curiosity about the work. This exhibit opportunity offered excellent visibility for the students, visibility that professional artists aspire to achieve.