Derived from the flocking patterns of starlings often observed in the Northeast skyline of Denver, this permanent art piece captures the dynamic nature of perpetual movement. Just as in a flock, the swarm is a sum of the individual awareness of the bird, so also does the discreet component contribute to macro effect of the collective composition of our piece. The result is an experience, rather than an effect. As one drives, cycles, or walks along South Broadway, depending on speed, position and proximity one experiences the installation at various scales that transition from abstract bird to pixelized cloud to legible form. This experience evokes not only a sense of visual stimulation, but a pivotal moment of crystallization where one realizes that their original perception is not what it seemed. It is this moment of realization that is pivotal to the success of any art piece, and we believe will have a profound effect in providing a cultural landmark for South Broadway. This effect we envision as something that will extend far beyond the physical limits of the site.
The concepts of movement, migration, and formation are embedded in this installation as South Broadway marks not only an existing thoroughfare for commuter traffic, but a historic demarcation of the continuous evolution of the physical and cultural movements of Denver. From horse-drawn wagons to electric trolley lines to hybrid cars, and from apple orchards to rubber factories to hipster eateries, our piece seeks to remember the legacy of “SoBo’s” historic past while simultaneously marking it continued evolution.