Thursday, June 10, 2010

Art Lover

We were up early today for a rare morning outing. This time we met up with a photographer, Jaime Rowe. She’s working with the CSU Animal Cancer Center on a book about canine cancer called “Survivors”. Dr. Christine Hardy asked me if Jake could be featured as one of the stories and pose for some professional photos. Well, of course. Jaime has taken action shots of Jake at the K-9’s for Cancer walk last year, as well as the recent Project Ruffway benefit, but this was the first time he has received a full-on photo shoot. The book will be out in September and I’ll post details later.

Jaime wanted an urban setting and she suggested the grounds of the Denver Art Museum. Jake and I were there last year with 9News and got some great pics in front of the “Cow & Calf” sculpture. I was definitely ready to go back and get some more shots in front of the massive outdoor sculptures. Jaime’s shots will be on her website soon but here are a few taken with my camera. Jake in front of the north entrance, with the new building designed by Daniel Libeskind in the background.

The sculpture on the left is by Beverly Pepper. It’s called “Untitled” but when I worked at the DAM, we always referred to it as the “monoliths”. Jake pooped right in front of it. Was that an editorial comment, or just the spot with the greenest grass?

A fun shot that captures both buildings…the new one by Daniel Libeskind and the original one by Gio Ponti.

Me and Jake in front of “The Big Sweep” by Coosje van Bruggen and Claes Oldenburg. This is another one of those sculptures that gets mixed reactions but it always made me smile.

Technically this one is on the grounds of the Denver Public Library. It’s called “The Yearling” by Donald Lipski. By the way, this is the second horse sculpture he’s been to. Check out the exclusive up-close access we got for “Mustang” at DIA last year.
Last stop: “Wheel” by Edgar Heap of Birds. Each of these red “tree” structures has text and images related to the history of Native Americans. On the back wall, there’s a sentence that reads, in Cheyenne, “nah-kev-ho-eyea-zim”. It means “We are always returning back home again.” I agree, on so many levels.

Check out more of our public art stops here. There’s a comprehensive guide you can download from the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs if you’re interested.

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