New sculpture greets visitors to Morgridge Family Exploration Center and City Park
“Iridescent Cloud,” a stunning new sculpture by artists Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan, will be dedicated on May 17 outside the new Morgridge Family Exploration Center at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
The original work, the latest addition to the Denver Public Art collection, was commissioned and is owned by the City and County of Denver and was selected by a panel of community members.
What: Public art dedication of “Iridescent Cloud”
When: Saturday, May 17 at 5:30 p.m.
Where: Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd.
The artists will be present and give a talk following the dedication. Light refreshments will be served.
The dedication will include a performance by CU Denver MIX, an a cappella singing group, and remarks from Denver Arts & Venues Executive Director Kent Rice and George Sparks, CEO and President of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.
The sculpture is displayed over steps that descend from the plaza that extends from the Morgridge Family Exploration Center on the southeast side of the museum. Faceted “crystals” are suspended in a cloud-like formation. Sunlight casts through the crystals creating an ever-changing prismatic experience of iridescent color. The artists’ concept was inspired by the Museum’s gems and minerals collection, exhibits about the physical properties of light, and Colorado’s dramatic sun and sky.
“Iridescent Cloud” also features a second component: an arc-shaped swath of glass lithocrete pavement at the east end of the plaza, consisting of the colors of the visible spectrum. The spectral band ends with a “pot” of pyrite, also known as “fool’s gold,” which is sure to delight schoolchildren, museum visitors, and park users alike.
The new artwork was funded by the City of Denver’s Public Art program, which stipulates that 1 percent of construction costs of any capital improvement project of more than $1 million undertaken by the city be set aside for the inclusion of public art in the project.
The museum’s addition is part of the City of Denver’s $550 million voter-approved Better Denver Bond Program, which has preserved, renovated and created more than 300 city amenities – including roads, libraries, parks, recreation centers, child care sites, hospitals, public safety, city buildings and cultural facilities, while pumping millions of dollars into the economy and improving quality of life in Denver.