These sculptures were created by a joint project of the Public Art Committee and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee. They identified Joe O'Connell + Creative Machines as a partner for this project. Creative Machines mission is to create art that enriches everyday life, deepens the human experience and creates an atmosphere of participation, curiosity, and connection within communities.
Water Is Life
This outdoor sculpture celebrates the essential role water has played in the history of Broomfield. From a distance the sculpture is a large water drop made of marine-grade stainless steel with a dull rubbed finish. Cutouts in the surface of the drop depict the front range, water underground, water flowing on the surface, snowflakes and both native and cultivated plants that rely on water. As evening comes on every day, the sculpture is lit from within by a point-source light fixture that casts illuminated shadows on the ground nearby. A button allows visitors to change the color.
This suspended sculpture features 12 stalks of broomcorn balanced in an ascending arc that moves in response to air currents. Each stalk is at a slightly different angle to create an ensemble that rises as it sweeps from the first to the second floor. The stalks of the broomcorn are made of brushed stainless steel. The seeds are handmade polished glass spheres in amber, turquoise and lavender.
Interview with Joe O'Connell from Creative Machines