Visual Arts

WORKSHOP8's temporary public art installation will make you love summer even more

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When the DAM put out a call for submissions for a temporary art installation in Martin Plaza, the folks at WORKSHOP8, a multi-faceted and energetic architecture, planning and design studio, wanted in. "We had done public-art competitions before, but other submissions have not been built," says Brandy LeMae, principal on the Summer is... project and an accomplished fine artist who has been represented by several Colorado galleries. You don't have to set foot in a gallery to see one of LeMae's masterpieces, though: Her newest installation, created with project designer Emily Axtman and contributors Gaby Crespo, Graham Bowman, Alex Chavez, Nathan Stark, jv DeSousa, Joseph Vigil and Adam Meis, is free for all to enjoy. After receiving over fifty entries, the DAM selected WORKSHOP8's concept, and the team promptly began brainstorming. Everybody in the office worked on the project in some capacity, says LeMae, and after 400-plus hours of thinking, some of them around midnight, Emily Axtman came up with the idea for a campfire-like structure. It's a concept near and dear to Axtman, who has worked on community-based projects from North Carolina and Texas to Africa, advocating for design that shelters, empowers and strengthens communities.

Once the team settled on a concept, its members began looking to other artists and projects for inspiration: wish trees, Buddhist shrines, pallet structures, tape art, structures made of reclaimed materials, planted art, string art and art made with soda bottles, to name a few. The result of all that research is a modern interpretation of summertime. Summer is... campfire!

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Jamie Siebrase is a Denver-based freelance writer, and author of the forthcoming Falcon Guide Hiking Wth Kids, Colorado: 52 Great Hikes for Families.
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