Join Denver Office of Cultural Affairs, Mayor Guillermo (Bill) Vidal, Councilman Michael Hancock, Denver Parks and Recreation officials and many community partners to celebrate the new Central Park Regional Recreation Center opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony Saturday, January 29 at 9 a.m. Two new works, titled Staplefield and Thought Balloons by Marek Walczak and Wesley Heiss, will be dedicated during this ceremony.
Staplefield is an interactive chandelier-like form that mirrors movement throughout the center. Utilizing 24 long-distance motion sensors the piece watches for activity inside the building and directly translates it into three-dimensional visual effects. For instance, a person walking from one area of the center to the other will activate any number of over 2,000 LEDs. The visual manifestation of such an action might look like something as tangible as a ball shape moving throughout the hanging form or as abstract as a scattershot of light bursting from one area to another.
Thought Balloons is an interactive theatrical experience based on texts from residents in the area. As people sit on a black bench, thought balloons, like those found in a comic book format, magically appear above their heads. At other times when two or more people sit on the bench a dialog starts up between them. The texts for each balloon or dialog bubble are kept fresh and lively with the help of the local community. Not only were Stapleton residents of all ages invited to gather and playfully construct humorous conversations and informative repartee, community members are welcome to continually contribute to the dialog by submitting to www.thoughtballoons.org.
The dedication of these two works of art will take place during the ribbon cutting ceremony. Denver Parks and Recreation, the Central Park Regional Recreation Center and the Better Denver Bond Program will host a free community celebration immediately following the ribbon cutting at 9 a.m. Artist Wesley Heiss will be present to demonstrate the artwork. Tours of the facility, class demonstrations and family entertainment will be available throughout the day until 2 p.m. Membership enrollment will be available during this time.