Jazz

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Artist: Barbara Baer (http://barbarabaer.com/)

Date: 1999

Location: Burns Park

Collection: Public Art

Artwork Type: Sculpture

Material: Painted Steel

Description: "Jazz" was commissioned as the inaugural artwork to revitalize an urban sculpture park that has been a Denver landmark for 30 years. The new work combines 22 rolled steel plates, bolted end-to-end to create a giant looping coil. Park visitors can walk through and underneath the circling shapes. As they pass, drivers see flashing color shifts across the sculpture's metallic enamels. Baer feels that designing for indoor and outdoor public spaces is a favorite challenge: each sculpture must not only engage the eye and mind but also work well. Commissioned artworks evolve from the visual features of each site and reflections of the people who use the location. A successful work explores and celebrates its space, bringing humanizing grace, balance, and calm energy. Sculptures created for atriums or high-ceiling lobbies seem to float on their own buoyant spirits.