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A PROJECT WITH SHAPES FOR A NAME

This experimental public art installation aims to showcase the natural beauty of Boulder, Colorado before human intervention. Projected scenes onto the sides of buildings, transport the viewer to a time before roads, buildings, and infrastructure altered the landscape. The installation will highlight the contrast between the current urbanized environment and the natural landscape that once existed. 

CHAPTER ONE "A CONE"

The cone is a very common sighting in most urban areas. A cone can signify many things, but is usually seen when helping direct traffic, indicating hazards or obstacles, and ensuring the safety of drivers, pedestrians, and workers. The sighting of a cone most always means that the landscape is changing.

CHAPTER TWO "ANOTHER CONE"

The same as "A CONE".

RESEARCH

This project started by looking though various archive collections of early images of Boulder, Colorado in order to gain a deeper understanding of what this land looked like before human intervention. One thing that struck me when looking through these images is how few trees are present in the natural plains ecosystem, a very different look than the Boulder we know today. 

*images courtesy of the CU Boulder General Photographs collection

CHAPTER THREE "POSTERS"

Poster adorned poles on Pearl St. and the University of Colorado Boulder campus call to attention various events and services but most commonly feature concerts that already happened or lawn mowing and snow removal services. These posters remain an integral part of the urban landscape despite all of our technological advances.

CHAPTER FOUR "FLAG"

Wire stake flags are somewhat less obnoxious indicators of space than cones, however while they take up less space individually than cones do they are rarely seen solo in the urban environment. Most often these wire stake flags are lined out in the hundreds, signifying where construction will soon take place.

PUBLIC INSTALLATION

format - projected video

length - 23:52 

time - 4/18/23 9:46 pm

location - 1735 15th St Boulder, CO

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