Denver (Aug. 3, 2017)—SkyHouse Denver, a luxury high-rise apartment building at 1776 Broadway, and the Denver Art Museum (DAM) today announced a partnership that is transforming a downtown Denver corner into an urban art gallery featuring the work of four local artists over the course of a year. After a request for proposal process, the DAM, in consultation with RedLine, selected four Denver-based artists—Sandra Fettingis, Collin Parson, Jodi Stuart and Suchitra Mattai—to create installations that will be on view in the street-level window boxes along 18th Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard at SkyHouse Denver, providing an unexpected and unique experience for tenants and passersby alike. Fettingis and Parson’s installations were mounted in June and will be on view through October 2017. Stuart and Mattai will take over the space in December 2017 and occupy it for six months.
“We are committed to expanding the ways we connect with the creative community of Denver,” said Christoph Heinrich, Frederick and Jan Mayer Director at DAM. “We want to thank SkyHouse Denver for this opportunity to expand our programming outside the museum walls and to give Denver creatives an exclusive space where their artworks will be seen and enjoyed by hundreds of people every day.”
The goal of Parson’s ellipse installation is to slow the viewer down in an otherwise fast-paced urban city center. He achieves this by using color-changing light emitting diodes (LEDs) with the addition of minimalistic geometric shapes and mirrors that create interesting perceptual effects by reflecting the surrounding environment and light. Fettingis’s concept for Gem City was inspired by the Denver cityscape set up against a colorful Colorado sunset. Her installation offers dimension and shadow play for foot traffic along Lincoln to admire.
“This collaboration activates our building in a unique and engaging way, while giving the museum and Denver-based artists an opportunity to reach more people,” said Sharon O’Connell, Senior Regional Vice President, Simpson Housing. “One of the reasons we chose this site in particular was the proximity to many of downtown Denver’s key attractions, including the Denver Art Museum. Our residents want to live, work and play in unique, urban environments. This partnership is a perfect fit.”
SkyHouse Denver opened in September 2016. The 25-floor, 354-home luxury, mixed-use building offers studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments, as well as street-level retail space, which currently includes Superfruit Republic and MECHA Fitness. The signature SkyHouse feature on the top floor of the building includes a club room, swimming pool and fitness center. The sustainable building is Energy Star certified. All homes have floor to ceiling glass, private balconies and stainless steel appliances. SkyHouse Denver is a joint venture between Simpson Housing, Novare Group and Batson-Cook Development Company and is managed by Simpson Property Group®. For more information about SkyHouse Denver, visit www.skyhousedenver.com.