BOWS in Cranmer Park
Submitted by Denise Sanderson
The Patrick Marold sculpture, BOWS, was recently installed in Cranmer Park, along the path to Second Avenue. Resting atop flagstone pavers, which coordinate with the flagstone terrace, BOWS is a series of gestural lifts which briefly interrupt the viewer’s spatial perception and lift the viewer’s attention above the horizon. Marold says, “The BOWS in Cranmer Park are simply line gestures in space, arching with the viewer’s perspective and composing points of view.”
Growing up in Wheat Ridge, CO, Marold had relatives living near Cranmer Park, and vividly remembers visiting the park as a child. He was impressed with the panoramic view of the Front Range, and the concept of “this is where the earth meets the sky.” Marold recalled this early childhood experience in a recent interview saying “While it was impressive as a child, after growing up and traveling the world, I’ve come to realize that this broad panoramic view is a truly Western experience. The 150-mile view, from Longs Peak to Pikes Peak, forces a change in one’s perception of the world, as the sky is a much more prominent part of the vision here.”
With one set of BOWS located in front of the passageway, park visitors are invited to experience this part of the park they may not have noticed previously. Many park visitors do not realize that the lawn area between Belo Horizonte and the front of the Cherry Street homes is part of the park, including the passageway to Second Avenue. Those who approach the park from the east will be welcomed by the BOWS, encouraged to look forward as the sculptures lead the eye into the broader park area ahead, to the Sundial resting atop the plaza, and the horizon beyond.
A recent park visitor described the art in this way: “I visited the park on both rainy and sunny days to see the new artwork. I didn’t immediately love it, but on the second sunnier day, as I approached BOWS, the rays of the sun danced off the metal in a beautiful way.” This comment reflects the artist’s intention: “the stainless-steel finish will allow the individual lines of BOWS to vary in character and visibility throughout the day with the changing light. The sculpture is meant to be interactive – as a visitor walks around the individual installations, they will see the art in different ways.”
Patrick Marold is a Colorado artist well known for his other art installations. SUN SILO is in the Lowry Community Park at Lowry Boulevard and Pontiac Street, close to the playground. SHADOW ARRAY, at Denver International Airport, is composed of 250 beetle-kill logs that utilize the solar exposure of the valley south of the terminal and hotel surrounding the train arrival area. This art is best viewed from the train, as one physically moves through the art. A stationary view from the airport hotel also allows a visitor a more comprehensive view than merely driving by on the airport access road. Visit patrickmarold.com for more images of his work around the world.
BOWS was funded by the Save Our Sundial reconstruction of the sundial plaza through Denver’s Public Arts Program. Any City project with a budget exceeding $1 million must set aside 1% for public art to which must be placed close to the project. The Patten-Davis Foundation donated additional funds for the public art, ensuring a sufficient budget to accommodate a larger artwork in appropriate scale to the 23-acre park.