Untitled (Blue Glass Awning)

Denver Public Art 1%

Identifier:
2010.3.1
Description

Martin Donlin (UK) was selected to create the design for the 75-foot-long colored laminated glass canopy that marks the entrances along the north façade of the Post Office and Parking Garage building.  The design and fabrication of the steel canopy was overseen by Peter Kaufmann (Portland, OR), and its irregular pattern “unhinges” the colorful art glass from the rigid masonry façade of the building.  The unique abstract floral and avian patterns of red, yellow, blue and white "jump" off the framework and the steel canopy cantilevers out, like a gesture of "arms" outstretched to release a colorful bird.  Thus, the canopy artwork becomes a statement and an experience—much more than merely a functional object.