While past summer/fall outdoor exhibitions at the Denver Botanic Gardens have taken us to South Africa and the bamboo forests of Japan, this year's sculptural blockbuster is sticking closer to home. Catalyst: Colorado Sculpture, which opened to the public on May 4, is strictly an in-state showcase, featuring works by twelve diverse artists working in three-dimensional media and adding an exciting dimension of color not typically seen in the DBG's outdoor exhibits.
"We were inspired by the Biennial of the Americas and started thinking about what we might do to mesh with their goals,” says DBG associate exhibitions director Kim Manajek. “So we decided to look in in our own back yard and feature what Colorado had to offer.... We wanted folks who are able to create works for the outdoors that will last a long time. And we decided to steer clear of representational art, so eventually, while looking for people working in nonobjective realms, certain artists rose to the top."
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Catalyst remains on view through January 14. For tour registration and other information, go to botanicgardens.org or call 720-865-3500.
May 4-Jan. 14, 2013