The undulating glass surface in Catherine Widgery's "floating" captures and refracts the light and color in spectacular ways that change with the light and movement of the sun outside.
Denver’s Public Art Program was established in 1988 by Executive Order under Mayor Federico Peña. The order, enacted into Ordinance by Mayor Wellington E. Webb, directs that 1% of any capital improvement project over $1 million undertaken by the City be set aside for the inclusion of art in the design and construction of these projects.
Ralph Helmick (MA) was selected to create a suspended sculpture for the atrium of the new Denver Justice Center Courthouse. Titled “Convergence,” the 56-foot high laser-cut steel sculpture will be created from over 1400 interwoven portraits depicting twelve actual Denver citizens. These portraits are distinct and recognizable as individuals at the base and widest point of the sculpture, but as the sculpture narrows at the top, the portraits overlap and interlock into an indistinct whole—a metaphor for the jury process.
Courthouse Jury Assembly Room
Catherine Widgery (MA) was selected to create a “floating” sculptural glass wall as a backdrop for activities inside the new Cisneros Jury Assembly Room. The transparent wall is constructed of a layer of stained glass depicting light bursting through clouds in a colorful Colorado “Cloudbreak,” in front of which a framework holds thousands of clear glass tubes. This undulating glass surface captures and refracts the light and color in spectacular ways that change with the light and movement of the sun outside.