Drift Inversion

PROJECT OVERVIEW

Title: Drift Inversion 2017 David Franklin and Aaron Whelton
Photo Credit: Aaron Whelton
Lead Artist(s):

Contributing Artist(s):
Aaron Whelton
http://wheltonarch.com

Description:
When I was a kid in Colorado, my family would travel almost every weekend to my grandparents’ antique shop in Silver Plume or to the family cabin in Pine. Those drives into the Rocky Mountains always took us through tunnels that marked our ascent into a different world from the plains below. That memory played a role in my choosing the pedestrian underpass in the Sand Hills Prairie Park at Denver’s Stapleton Airport as the site for this installation with my friend and co-designer, Aaron Whelton. Located in a relatively cold, windy, and unwelcoming part of the park, this tunnel seemed like the perfect setting to create an inviting, engaging space. Our challenge was to develop a concept that related to the natural history of the area. Long before Stapleton’s runways and facilities transformed the area into a busy urban landscape, this corner of the Denver metro area was covered in sand dunes. They were my inspiration for “Drift Inversion,” a 23′ x 128′ installation that turns the original landscape upside-down to create a surreal experience for any visitor who happens upon the underpass.
PROJECT LOCATION

Bridge
Park
Public Space
Trail
Underpass
The Drift Inversion Sculpture is located on the ceiling of a pedestrian underpass that is part of Sandhills Prairie Park and Denver's extensive bike trail system. Located beneath where Central Park Boulevard crosses over the park.
Sandhills Prairie Park
5311 Central Park Boulevard
Denver, CO 80239
United States

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PROJECT TEAM

Park Creek Metropolitan District
Stapleton Public Art Program manager
Davincis Workshop
Integrated Design Engineers
Dave Hornsby
PROJECT DETAILS

Permanent
$175,000
$50,000-$249,000
Public art masterplan
Environmental Art, Historic Interpretation, Metalwork, Mixed Media, Painting, Sculpture, Site integrated architectural work
Metal, Painting, Plastic
Painted Aluminum, Steel Structure, plastic bushings.
2017
2018