Mayor Mike Coffman visits first original art sculpture at The Aurora Highlands
AURORA (July 25, 2022) The Aurora Highlands welcomes Aurora’s Mayor Mike Coffman to view the first major sculpture in its 4,000-acre residential master-planned-community on August 2nd at 11:00 a.m.
“Life Blood” (artist rendering), a 28-foot-tall, 7,000-pound sculpture designed by artist Hunter Brown, can be found in the roundabout directly behind the community’s signature clocktower. It is one of many art pieces that will be installed along the 2-mile, 100-acre Hogan Park at Highlands Creek.
This contemporary sculpture will serve as much more than a reference point to residents. Brown describes it as a representation of unity and fortitude.
“This sculpture’s twisting, ribbon-like forms embrace a large reflective sphere that represents our world and the communities we live in,” Brown explained. “The forms in this design appear to be lifting the sphere upward in the sky in a prevailing fashion, reflecting our relationships in our communities and in our world. There is strength in unity, working together, and a collective journey for the greater good. In a year of trials, pandemic and division, this is more important now than ever.”
Finding creative ways to spread positivity and inspiration throughout The Aurora Highlands has been a priority for Director of On-Site Development and Principal Carla Ferreira and her father and mentor, Carlo Ferreira.
“Our art program is really what sets us apart,” Carla Ferreira said. “In developing our plans for The Aurora Highlands community, it was incredibly important for us to secure strategically-placed, original public art for our community members with the hope that it will inspire and create the kind of emotional connections that only art can.”
In June, contemporary artist Olivia Steele, who is internationally known for her spirited public designs at festivals like Burning Man, began installing Public Displays of Awareness in the community to inspire people to stop, think and reflect. Her unique art and words of affirmation will be displayed throughout the 100-acre Hogan Park at Highlands Creek and can already be seen near “Life Blood”.
In the fall, another contemporary artist, Lisa Solberg, will begin adding her pieces to the community. Solberg is known for her multi-dimensional paintings and instillations, including etchings in objects like boulders.
About Hunter Brown
Hunter Brown is the owner of Innovative Sculpture Design in Little Rock, Arkansas. Each of Brown’s designs aim to provide a unique spatial experience for its visitors, while also contributing to the visual identity of a place and catalyzing community engagement. With emphasis on movement, elegance, space-activation and balance, Brown’s sculptures explore the potential for expressive variety in steel. Brown has created works that can be found in private, commercial, and public art collections in over 25 states and 3 countries.
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.
CONTACT: Liz Kotalik