Climbing with collages…
Stairwell project encourages active lifestyles
Five of my original "composed landscape" collages were recently installed in the boardroom of IMA Financial's new building, adjacent to Denver's Union Station. The images were conceived as vistas along a Colorado climb, from plains to mountaintop… because they were also destined to be digitally enlarged and applied like murals on the landing walls of an interior stairwell.
From the outside fire door, Stairwell 2 looks like the usual cold, concrete emergency exit… but once inside, you discover that it has been finished with laminate floors, paint, lighting, my artwork, and motion-activated sound effects by artist Jim Green to create an environment that’s fun to be in. Kudos to IMA for encouraging their employees to take the stairs! And to Hilary DePolo who commissioned me to do such a challenging project... I’ve loved working on this one.
The health benefits of taking the stairs can be enormous so perhaps the idea of enhancing stairways with art will catch on. (I got a workout just monitoring and photographing the installation!)
Confluence Denver ran an article about the new building that highlights the stairwell and includes more photos. Another recent story offers a sneak peak of the transit redevelopment. As usual, there's lots going on in LoDo and I'm happy to be a small part of it!
Above: Janice McDonald in the stairwell with the enlarged version of "Peak," from an original collage on wood panel that measured 24 x 12."