The geodesic sculpture celebrates many dimensions through color and movement.
Have you seen the glowing, color-changing orb that's sitting at East 20th Avenue, across from Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church?
The orb is a sculpture by local artist and art professor Clark Richert, who uses math to create beautiful art. “Quadrivium” is a triacontahedron made of aluminum panels covered in LED lights, and it stretches 14 feet in diameter. In the daytime, it seems like a simple abstract sculpture that adds some character to downtown Denver, but at night, the sculpture comes alive with light and movement.
Right now, it sits in a parking lot of a business that has had to close, in an area that has slowed in recent months due to the coronavirus pandemic. The sculpture was placed in the area in late June and unveiled in July. Local developer Amy Harmon commissioned the piece in hopes of attracting more urban character and art into the area. She hopes it may become the centerpiece of a gathering space in the future.
Each pattern, movement, and color on every panel has been carefully thought out and planned by the artist, and as one moves around the sculpture, their perception of what they are seeing will change.
Richert creates art based on geometric patterns, shapes, and mathematical concepts. He grew up in a family of mathematicians and found himself drawn to art, his work blending of both worlds. He celebrates dimensionality with his art and is well-known in the Colorado art community. The name "Quadrivium" itself is a tribute to the medical university curriculum rooted in geometry, arithmetic, astronomy, and music.
Richert was one of the founders behind the art commune Drop City, an artist’s community near Trinidad, Colorado, that celebrated the creative process. Harmon has worked to revamp and develop the Five Points area for many years and has been friends with Richert for over a decade.
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