‘Virga: the Sound Performance’ named one of nation’s
top 50 public art projects
“Virga: the Sound Performance,” a work commissioned by Denver Arts & Venues, has been named as one of the 50 best public art projects by the 2013 Public Art Network Year in Review by Americans for the Arts.
The annual Year in Review program recognizes the most exemplary and innovative public artworks created or debuted in the previous year. The 2013 Year in Review awardees were chosen from more than 350 submissions from across the United States.
“It’s exciting to receive recognition for a public artwork which was meant to be an ephemeral experience,” Denver Public Art Program Manager Michael Chavez said. “We are encouraged to continue exploring the boundaries of what public art can be.”
Denver Arts & Venues premiered “Virga: the Sound Performance” by Denver composer Morton Waller last June. The unique sound piece, a sonic response to the visual characteristics of the “Virga” sculpture by Patrick Marold, was performed live beneath the sculpture on the Delgany pedestrian bridge over Cherry Creek. Sound Performance Video
Three independent public art experts – John Carson, artist and Head of Carnegie Mellon University School of Fine Art, artist Norie Sato, and Justine Topfer, Project Manager of the San Francisco Arts Commission and private curator – juried the 2013 Year in Review. Their selections were announced on June 13 at the Americans for the Arts Public Art Preconference in Pittsburgh. The artists and commissioning organizations involved in creating and supporting these public artworks received letters of congratulations and certificates from Americans for the Arts.
“By creating a sense of identity of places we inhabit, public art makes an enduring impact on our lives,” said Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “We congratulate the artists and commissioning groups of the 13th annual Public Art Year in Review and look forward for honoring more great works in the coming years.”
Since 2000, the Public Art Network Year in Review has annually recognized outstanding public art projects through an open call submission and juror selection process. The Year in Review program is the only national award that specifically recognizes public art projects. For complete list of selected projects:www.artsusa.org/networks/public_art_network/people_projects.asp