The Power of Limits Is Completed

by Nancy Lovendahl

Western State Colorado University in Gunnison, CO has a new interactive public art sculpture linking their arts departments.  This has been close to a year long project completed and dedicated in September, 2016.  Many thanks go to Julie Feier, CFO of the university for her amazing ability to get things done!

The sculpture is 11’H x 50’W x 25’D

Made of Carved Limestone, Stainless Steel, Rose Quartz Crusher Fines

I was asked to creatively link the Performing & Visual Art Departments at this university.  Pythagoras’ discovery of the harmonic mathematic proportions of unison, octaves & intervals in sound creates a leaf-like form, which we then cut from the center of 5 stone blocks.  These natural proportions are also used by the visual arts for harmony, thus linking both art departments through this interactive, sculptural environment that all students, faculty and visitors can perform in, exhibit sculpture within and explore for many years to come.

THE TEAM:  Artist:  Nancy Lovendahl, Lovendahl Studio; Stone Pre-forming:  Swanson Stone, Sedalia, CO; Carving and Finishing:  Lovendahl Studio; Soils Evaluation:  City of Gunnison, CO;  Foundations & Installation: Christopher Klein Construction, Gunnison, CO; Engineering:  Brian Kurtz Engineering, Glenwood Springs, CO;  Site consultant: Christopher Skully, Arch., Hord Coplan Macht, Denver, CO