COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) — Joshua Wiener is excited to collaborate with the Colorado Springs community to design a new art installation featured in Panorama Park, as part of the city’s largest-ever neighborhood park renovation.
the Boulder-based artist grew up around art, with his mother starting a sculpting school. His love for the medium snowballed from there.
“When I was 18, I started using power tools,” Wiener said. “That was really the turning point for me — the enhancement of your own ability to hold a grinder, you know, shape stone and split stone — all of that I found really enticing and a great outlet for energy. So, that was the point where I really took off and making my own work.”
Wiener believes creating art as part of an effort to revitalize a neighborhood can have a greater community impact overall.
“You build parks, you help educate people, and then generate opportunities,” Wiener said. “I think people tend to think further and higher and want to contribute more. I feel it’s a cycle that when you add fuel to it will really produce fantastic results.”
Wiener was up against a big competitor to be selected for this project — his mom, artist Madeline Wiener.
“I know that she wants me to get it actually. We will definitely put all of our effort towards getting it, but inversely, I feel like she’s the most talented sculptor out there,” Wiener said, adding that his mother has beaten him for bids several times in the past.
Wiener is hoping his completed work will include the identity of southeast Colorado Springs, so he’s involving the community in the design process to achieve the final piece.
There will be three meetings held at Panorama Elementary School, adjacent to the park, that the public can attend to collaborate with Winer for the finished product:
June 8, 5:30-7:30 pm – artist-led workshop to solicit community input
June 15, 5:30-6:30 pm – Wiener to share initial design concept and collect feedback
June 22, 5:30-6:30 pm – Wiener to present final design
To learn more about the renovation of Panorama Park, click here.