Coral Sphere installed outside the McNichols Building today

Denver's Civic Center just added another attraction. Coral Sphere, a sculpture by Yvonne Domenge, was installed this morning in front of the McNichols Building. The two-ton, blue-steel sculpture was previously on display at the Boeing Galleries of Millennium Park in Chicago; it will now reside in Denver, like an abstract sister to the Big Blue Bear.

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Domenge, who was born in Mexico City in 1946, has had her art displayed all over the world, including the Louvre. Coral Sphere was one of three of her pieces shown in Chicago, and she asked that they all be donated to different cities around the country. "Kent Rice, our director of Arts + Venues, was on a trip to Chicago and saw the sculptures, and thought they would be a great addition to the public art scene," says Brian Kitts, director of marketing for the department.

Denver submitted a proposal and was selected to receive one of the sculptures as a gift from the city of Chicago. (Atlanta and Fort Worth got sculptures, too.) "I think it's an interesting piece in that it is colorful and it's very modern in front of a building that's more than a hundred years old," Kitts says. "It adds a unique modern aspect." Visit Domenge's website to learn more about her work.

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