The floating hotel room art installation, "the hotel rehearsal," was on display Friday morning in the heart of downtown Denver. Created by architectural artist, Alex Schweder, the installation is described as "a floating bounce house"; the inflatable room has a couch that folds out into a bed and a small bathroom with a toilet, sink, and shower.
The room, which is here as part of the Biennial of the Americas, is lifted just over 22 feet into the air by a scissor lift that rises out of a van.
Schweder's message is that a lot of the surface parking lots in the downtown area will likely be turned into hotels at some point. He says he sees "the hotel rehearsal" pop-up room as an opportunity for people to see the city from vantage points that highlight the wonderful views that downtown has to offer. The pop-up hotel room will be in various locations around the downtown area for the next six weeks.
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Wanna stay in it? It will only cost you $50,000. Yes, the Curtis Hotel, which is sponsoring the project, has a package called "Lloyd in the Sky With Diamonds," which includes a one-night stay in the floating hotel room, a limousine ride, a set of Swarovski binoculars to view the stellar sites of downtown Denver, a Tiffany diamond pendant and set of earrings, and a '60's themed party for 100 people in the Curtis's new ballroom.
Governor John Hickenlooper and Mayor Michael Hancock visited the installation today in celebration of the Biennial of the Americas.