La Veleta (Weathervane) - Denver, CO, USA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
N 39° 43.490 W 105° 01.531
13S E 497812 N 4397218
Quick Description: This 36-feet (11 m) tall totem pole was recently installed near a busy intersection in Denver, CO, USA. It features 7 animals: buffalo [bison], snake, mountain lion, fox, ram, owl, and the bear.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 1/5/2020 8:09:58 AM
Waymark Code: WM11XHY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
Views: 3

Long Description:
"La Veleta, or the Weathervane, is a 36-foot tall mosaic tile totem pole, commissioned by the City of Denver’s Public Art Program. Denver Artist Jaime Molina and Tres Birds collaborated to design, build, and install the 36-foot tall mosaic totem pole in Barnum Park, Denver.
Jaime provided the concept behind the artwork, animal design, and carefully tiled each animal head in house at the Tres Birds workshop. The seven mosaic animal heads were chosen from animals native to Colorado - buffalo, snake, mountain lion, fox, ram, owl, and the bear.

“These animals represent the diverse cultures and people of Colorado and all of the histories that come with them. Despite the brutal nature of predators and prey, these native creatures live in harmony with each other coexisting within a bigger ecosystem where everything stays in balance…This totem pole serves as a gauge of our ability to survive ourselves. I think of it as a reminder of which way the wind is blowing.”- Jaime Molina

Tres Birds designed and fabricated the totem, engineered its structural system, material integration, managed the site work and installation for the project. Material and structural detailing were key to providing a solid and long-lasting canvas for Jaime to work with. The use of waterproof epoxy-based grout, polystyrene formwork, and a steel structural system that places no stress on the tile work, was all designed by Tres Birds to ensure this sculpture lasts hundreds of years. Tres Birds installation of the heads took from dusk to dawn on December 14th.

“Collaborating on the creation of these animal beings in our workshop has had a deep impact on me. I have loved coming to work every day and seeing these animal spirits come alive. We built this totem to last for at least 7 generations for Denver’s people” - Michael M. Moore" (from (visit link) )

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Specific visit requirements:
Free parking is available at 5th and Federal Blvd.

Barnum park NE corner, 5th and Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO USA

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