Coming to a Light Rail Station Near You: Community Art!

A committee of local leaders and citizens recently commissioned public art pieces for two of Lone Tree’s new light rail stations, as well as windscreens on the platforms of all three new stations along the Southeast Rail Extension. The City Council opted not to install artwork at the City Center Station until development in the area occurs. 

Winning proposals—selected from more than 500 artist submissions—were awarded to Curtis Pittman (Pittman Design, LLC, Portland, Oregon) for Sky Ridge Station, and Erik Carlson and Erica Carpenter (Area C Projects, Cranston, Rhode Island) for RidgeGate Station. Local artist Sandra Fettingis of Denver submitted the winning proposal to provide artwork for windscreens at Sky Ridge, Lone Tree City Center and RidgeGate stations. 

Sculpture by Curtis Pittman @ Sky Ridge Station:

Having professional experience in both art and architecture, it is important to Curtis Pittman that his art is both equally meaningful as it is contextual. His process begins with a site investigation, where he gathers and synthesizes relevant information about the physical, social and cultural context of a project. This information provides the conceptual framework for his art and ensures a design outcome that is both one-of-a-kind and site responsive. Every public space has a set of characteristics that are unique unto itself. The purpose of his art is to create an inspirational experience and bring to life these unique qualities. He searches for opportunities where art can have a profound effect on the social and urban experiences of a place. These opportunities only exist in the public realm and provide the source of inspiration for his work.

Erik Carlson’s “END of LINE” @ RidgeGate Station:

Eric Carlson’s is a Colorado based artist whose work can be seen locally and nationally in
places including CU Boulder, and the 40th & Colorado Light Rail Station in Denver. His
proposed public art piece is entitled “END of LINE” and it looks at the community
surrounding RidgeGate Station – the last stop of the RTD Southeast Extension – as a place of transformation and evolution, of endings and new beginnings. To do this, the artist calls on two iconic, and seemingly irreconcilable, symbol systems: livestock branding and computer coding. The proposed artwork lashes these two distinct languages together and builds a series of powerful visual links between them that serves both to honor Lone Tree’s frontier past and look to its future.

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Sandra Fettingis’ “All is Well Under the Trees” Windscreens:

Sandra Fettingis’ approach to Public Art making is to research and identify themes, needs and goals for a site and its users; mindfully and creatively respond to a site and its mission, develop a cohesive, visual formula/system for the site, work with the existing architecture to seamlessly integrate work, create appropriate engaging visual content via project themes, and ensure the longevity and safety of materials and installation methods. Sandra has entitled this project “All is well under the trees”; the concept is to engage station users in what feels like canopies of trees on the three Lone Tree station platforms. She wants people to feel as if they are underneath a canopy of pleasant green, vibrant, healthy and safe trees that reflects the Lone Tree Community. Green Themed Stations help rail users to identify the City of Lone Tree. Green also signifies growth, health, energy, prosperity, life, nature, harmony, safety, finances, and ambition. Each station will have its own unique leaf shape, and the connected shapes of the leaves signal the interconnectivity of urban and nature living side by side.