As a strong believer in public art and public transportation, Wopo Holup is proud to have a piece of her art decorate the Orchard light-rail station. And after hearing what Holup has to say about "Orchard Memory," you'll definitely want to make a stop to see this shiny bird.
Westword: Where are you from? Where do you reside now?
Wopo Holup: I was born in San Diego, California, and attended the SanFrancisco Art Institute and Mills College in Oakland for my graduate work. I now live in New York City half the year and the other half in the Colorado foothills near Lyons.
How did your collaboration with RTD come about?
I responded to a RFQ (request for quotation) and as a finalist met with other finalists at the Orchard station site. I made a presentation and was awarded the commission.
How did you come up with the Idea for this piece?
A history of the site talked about the huge orchards that were once here. This led to ideas of stamped concrete walkways with over-large (remembered) apple leaves and small, life-sized Western bluebirds roosting on the fenceposts.
What or who inspired this piece? And how?
A history of the area. And watching Western bluebirds at our house close to Lyons.
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When people are on their daily journey and walk past your work, what do you hope they are thinking and feeling? The subtle stainless steel birds on the fenceposts are a high polish. They flicker as one rides by. I would like people to think about the natural history of the site.
How do you feel about public transportation?
Public transportation is the greatest. I ride the MTA's subway trains every day when in New York. I hope for rapid transit up to Lyons or at least Longmont soon.
What is your favorite piece of public art?
The Statue of Liberty, New York Harbor.
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