Celebrate Summer with Urban Campfires & More on May 31 at the DAM

Celebrate Summer with Urban Campfires & More on May 31 at the DAM

On May 31, a series of home-grown and handcrafted gathering places will be popping up on Martin Plaza offering a spot for visitors to relax and enjoy the summer sun. This project is the result of an open call the DAM put out in the Denver area last fall, seeking local artists/architects to conceive of and build a sculptural installation for the busy plaza space. The selected piece, called Summer Is…, was designed by Boulder-based WORKSHOP8 and Blue Spruce Design & Construction.

In creating the installation, the design team wanted to bring elements of a favorite Colorado summertime activity–camping–to the DAM. The piece will include four “urban campfires” in the form of platforms with stools; all made from reclaimed beetle-kill pine. Stemming from each platform will be a series of rays that connect the seating areas to nearby light posts. Visitors will be invited to write what summer means to them on a tag and attach their memories, thoughts, and feelings to these expansive rays. As the summer progresses, a canopy of tags will form across the plaza, creating a covering of shared summertime stories.

The installation is part of Summer in 3-D at the DAM, highlighting programs and activities that celebrate sculpture. On May 31, visitors can come down to Martin Plaza to see the project installed and meet the designers. There will also be a live bronze pour outside that day and plenty of sculpture-related, family-friendly activities happening inside the museum. A full schedule of outdoor events is below:

Summer in 3-D Kickoff: Saturday, May 31 (All activities take place outside on Martin Plaza):

11 am–3 pm: Visitors can add to the Summer Is… installation by filling out a tag with their own summer story.

12–3 pm: Bronze pour demo outside the Sculpture Studio.

1–3 pm: Meet the design team from WORKSHOP8 and Blue Spruce Design and Construction.

Summer Is… will be up through mid-September, beckoning visitors to meet with friends, have lunch, and most important, enjoy the season. To read more about the sustainable materials used in this project, visit WORKSHOP8’s design page http://workshop8.us/summer-is/.

Jaime Kopke is the adult and college program manager in the department of learning and engagement at the Denver Art Museum. She has been with the DAM since 2011 and is always scouting for community creatives to collaborate with. Send her an email.