Our next RTD art stop rail is the Pepsi Center-Elitch Gardens light-rail station, to see "Seven Sisters," the creation of David Griggs. These colorful sculptures would brighten the day of any commuter.
We grabbed a few minutes with Griggs to discuss his views on public transportation and his hopes for what "Seven Sisters" adds to the RTD path.
Westword: Where are you from? Where do you reside now?
David Griggs: I grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota. Now I live in Denver's Lincoln Park neighborhood, very close to downtown.
How did your collaboration with RTD come about?
This project came about as a result of a public art competition. I was one of three finalists, and I was lucky enough to win the job.
How did you come up with the idea for this piece?
The idea was inspired by the site. The piece is at the light-rail station that serves the Pepsi Center and Elitch Gardens, in the middle of Denver's Platte Valley. The Platte Valley has become Denver's focal point for amusement, sports and recreation. The design for "Seven Sisters" was inspired by the interests of the people who would be using this station.
What/ who inspired this piece? And how?
The piece was inspired by the site and the interests of the people who would be using the site. Most people use this station to go to an event at the Pepsi Center or to visit Elitch Gardens amusement park. So they are here to recreate and play. I designed the seven elements of "Seven Sisters" to be vaguely figurative in a playful way. Like their viewers, these abstract figures are presented in a whimsical mood, ready to embark on a day of play in the Platte Valley.
When people are on their daily journey and walk past your work, what do you hope they are thinking and feeling?
I hope that they pick up on the whimsical, light-hearted character of the sculptural elements. I hope that people are engaged and uplifted by viewing "Seven Sisters."
How do you feel about public transportation?
I am a big believer in public transportation. I think that public transportation will be crucial for the future of Denver, determining the direction of Denver's growth and development. We have a lot to learn from public transportation systems in other cities, particularly in Europe.
What is your favorite piece of public art?
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The Eiffel Tower. To view more work by David Griggs, visit his website.