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Posted on: November 23, 2016

Commerce City Dedicates Public Art Piece “In the Wind”

In the Wind is a kinetic art piece of brightly colored kite sculptures

Commerce City dedicated “In the Wind,” a kinetic art piece of brightly colored kite sculptures ranging from 23’ to 27’ tall that flow back in the wind at Pioneer Park, 5950 Holly St. The $74,500 piece is the city’s first art installation funded by the 1 percent public art program.
“This art piece captures the powerful sense of wonder, inspiration and play that is important to this community and helps us meet our vision of building a quality community for a lifetime,” said Mayor Pro Ten René Bullock. “Because of the public art master plan and the commitment of Cultural Council, Commerce City will continue to invest in arts and culture in our community for years to come.”
Funding was made available through the Paradice Island at Pioneer Park capital improvement project.  Artist Michael Clapper was selected through a competitive process identified in the public art master plan.

“My intent for the sculpture “In the Wind” is to visually convey the idea of doing something in the park that is not only fun, but also uses nature as a key component,” said Clapper. “It is my goal that this sculpture serves as a celebration of fun within Pioneer Park.”

Educated in design at the Wendell Castle School in Rochester, New York, Clapper focuses on creating contemporary public and residential sculpture. The winner of numerous commissions and awards, he maintains a studio in Denver and is represented by the William Havu Gallery. He has taught in the Industrial Design and Art Departments at Metropolitan State College in Denver and at the Genoa School for Design in Ithaca, New York. Clapper has also been invited to participate in several international sculpture symposiums where he has exchanged ideas and techniques with other artists.

The Commerce City Cultural Council began the process to create a public art master plan for the city in 2011. The council-appointed commission surveyed existing city facilities, inventoried established installations and identified options for expanding the city’s collection. Completed in 2013, the plan also provided the process for selecting “In the Wind.”
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