Flood of ’65, 6.5 ft. x 12 ft., latex paint on wall
Flood of ’65 is a new commissioned work for the offices of Husch Blackwell in the Union Station neighborhood of Denver. It is a site specific painting in the main lobby of the office, and was commissioned through Nine Dot Arts.
This is my statement for the piece, written for Modern in Denver Magazine:
Flood of ’65 continues my investigation into Denver’s relationship with the Platte River, an urban waterway that has played a major role in shaping the development of the city. In 1965, the South Platte River flooded central Denver, including the area surrounding Union Station, which led to projects in urban renewal and flood management over the coming decades that featured the river as a recreational benefit. Today Union Station is the focal point of Denver’s current urban development, including the new mixed-use building where the Husch Blackwell offices are located.
My painting references the Platte River, abstracting the pattern of light and shadow on the surface of the water. The image and title ask the audience to consider the history of the area, the river itself, and the complicated negotiation that happens between urban areas and their natural surroundings.