Artist Lisa Solberg installs 11-foot Sculptures at The Aurora Highlands
The CU Boulder alumna’s totems and rock etchings will join other original art available for public viewing in the residential community’s Hogan Park at Highlands Creek
AURORA, CO (Oct. 6) – Renowned contemporary artist and CU Boulder alumna Lisa Solberg will begin installing original pieces of art made specially for The Aurora Highlands on Monday, October 17 adding new public art features to the residential community’s two-mile, 100-acre Hogan Park at Highlands Creek.
Solberg, a New York City-based artist, aims to create a sacred space within the park with her work. She will etch drawings onto boulders that are stacked in the park before painting an eight-pointed star on the tops of the boulders with red ochre, the oldest-known natural pigment in the word. She will then install three, large-scale totems made from concrete and stainless steel, ranging from seven feet to 11 feet tall. The totems are being installed on October 17-19, and the rocks will be etched October 20-22.
“The eight-pointed star generally represents the importance of appreciating existence beyond the material world,” Solberg said. “This is a design that is found in the totems as well, creating a collective, connected symbol. The essence of this work is space-consciousness, being present with all that is around and inside of you, not that which seems to be merely right in front of you. In this light, the humanity of the sculptures lies within the viewer.”
Solberg is a graduate of CU Boulder, where classes in psychology and astronomy became inspirations for her art. While her pieces are featured in galleries all around the world, many have also found homes in Colorado, including inside of The Source Hotel in Denver and now at The Aurora Highlands.
Hogan Park at Highlands Creek was originally built as a flood plain to mitigate rain water buildup. Director of On-Site Development and Principal Carla Ferreira decided to view the space in and around the basin as an opportunity to create a beautiful public park for the community with walking trails, playgrounds and works of art from artists around the world.
“I have always had a passion for art and the way it speaks to people,” Ferreira explained. “This kind of introspective experience should be accessible to everyone, which is why I want to make sure that anyone, whether they live in our community or not, can come appreciate the thoughtful and beautiful work from Lisa Solberg and other prominent and talented artists within Hogan Park at Highlands Creek.”
In June, contemporary artist Olivia Steele, who is internationally known for her spirited public designs at festivals like Burning Man, installed Public Displays of Awareness in the community to inspire people to stop, think and reflect. Her unique art and words of affirmation are displayed throughout the 100-acre Hogan Park at Highlands Creek and can already be seen near the community’s signature sculpture “Life Blood”, which contemporary artist Hunter Brown installed in August.
About Lisa Solberg
Lisa Solberg is an American artist born in Chicago. She is recognized for her multi-disciplinary and multi-dimensional art. In her work, Solberg unravels the Nature of Existence. Her artistic voice is both mystical and romantic, natural and undeniably human. Solberg studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago in 2001 and received her BFA at University of Colorado at Boulder. Solberg’s former years as an athlete turned into a professional ski career until 2006. She currently lives and works in New York City.
About The Aurora Highlands
Located between the mountains and the plains, The Aurora Highlands 4,000-acre master planned community expands the metro area to the east near DIA. The community features every category of housing from attached to multi-family and single-family residences, providing people with more than 12,500 housing units. The community also incorporates Colorado’s active lifestyle with recreation centers and over 21 miles of trials, 12 neighborhood parks and 20 pocket parks. Hogan Park at Highlands Creek in particular will feature public art instillations, performance plazas, climbing walls, a zip line, embankment slides and gardens in its nearly 100-acre space. Aurora Public Schools will also build four new schools in the community, the first of which will break ground in 2022 and open in 2023. For more information about The Aurora Highlands, please visit www.theaurorahighlands.com or call the Visitor Center at 720-356-0123.