Mountain Cement Towers
34th & Wynkoop
Denver, CO 80216

CATEGORY: Side Stories

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I’ve always been drawn to caves, gems, and the minerals that make up this rock we call planet earth. As a child, I visited Carlsbad Caverns, and was amazed by its vastness, its slow and steady growth, and the life inside its walls. Since then, I have been fascinated by the subterranean world.

As a kid I started a rock collection, and scientifically categorized my specimens into the “weird,” “neat,” shiny,” and “pretty.” I recently got my collection back out with my 5 year old son and reconnected with the rocks and crystals that meant so much to me when I was young.

I find that crystals have a powerful calm and healing energy, and when I work in close proximity to them, they are a driving force in my creativity.

My original intent in creating this project was to create a lifelike Colorado crystal cave, inspired by the Fairy Caves in Glenwood Springs. However, when I received the challenge of mapping the RiNo cement towers, I felt drawn to integrate the gritty structural surface that i’d be using as a canvas.

The result is a series of crystal chambers that blend the natural with industrial. My goal is to inspire a moment of natural clarity in peoples’ modern city lives.

This piece was created using referenced images and a 3D software called cinema 4D. I’m honored to be a part of Side Stories, and I truly hope that my art brings a tranquil sense of wonder to those who view it.

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