Longs Peak Totem
Location: At the top of the hill located on the east side of the intersection of Federal Parkway and Zuni Street. To access the sculpture, take Zuni Street north of 120th Avenue and turn right (west) onto Park Center Drive. Go up the hill to the roundabout and go three-fourths of the way round and go north to where the access road dead-ends by the sculpture.
Artist: Dale Enochs, Bloomington, Indiana (website)
Year Installed: 2016
How Acquired: This art was donated to the city by the developer of the Brodie apartment project as required by the city’s public art program.
Comments: This art is located on a promontory with commanding views of the Little Dry Creek valley and the mountains to the west, including Longs Peak. The installation is within a spacious plaza, which projects out from the hillside. The plaza was designed by the Matrix Design Group. The base of the sculpture is exactly at 5,280 feet or one mile above sea level as noted by a sandstone plaque nearby. The following information was provided by artist, Dale Enochs:
The sculpture is totemic appearance. It is made of Indiana limestone and plate steel with stainless steel fasteners. The piece is approximately 14-feet in height and faces the mountains from the terraced viewing area at “The Brodie” apartment development.
The composition is comprised of a base stone surmounted by a tall slender tapering column. The upper half of each side of the columns is fitted with a fabricated “saw tooth” steel bracket that supports an elevated carved stone form above the supporting column. The limestone is both light and neutral in color contrasting with the deep reds of the oxidized steel. Through time the oxidation will bleed an orange coloration onto the textured surface of the limestone. This coloration will follow and accentuate portions of the carvings and textures which will add to the natural evolution of the overall image. The reddish coloration of the steel also references the red stonework of the masonry in the surrounding walls and structures at the Brodie.
The sculpture is formal in nature and is intended to both reference and pay homage to Longs Peak which is seen in the distance. The “saw tooth” support brackets abstractly portray a mountain range in their peak and valley form while they simultaneously speak of Native American patterning and imagery. The culminating supported form features a profile of the mountains beneath the horizontal element of the sculpture. The intent is to create an image of the mountain range that speaks of the spirit of the mountains.
Here, in the sculpture the mountains are not depicted by substance but they are defined by surrounding imagery. Within this sculpture the mountains themselves are the open ethereal space between the column and the supported form above.
The stone portion of the sculpture is carved with a repetitive pattern that is evocative of the landscape of the earth. All surfaces of the stone are textured in moving patterns that are revealed as the sun moves through the sky or at night by base lights that illuminate and rakes the surface dramatically drawing out the shadows created by the carving.
This overall sculpture weighs about 3,500 pounds.