November 21, 2016
The Art in Public Places Program (AIPP) was established by the Colorado Legislature in 1977 to create enjoyment and pride for citizens of the state.
Colorado’s public art statute requires an allocation of one-percent of capital construction funds for new or renovated state buildings to be set aside for the acquisition of works of art at the project site. Works of art purchased through this program are located in publicly accessible spaces inside and outside of state buildings, such as armories, state patrol offices, state office buildings and university campuses.
These “percent for art” acquisitions form the state art collection and are developed and administered by Colorado Creative Industries. The works selected through this program represent great diversity in style, imagery, materials and techniques. By uniting artists, architecture and host institutions, the AIPP program integrates the art experience into the built environment and civic spaces.
AIPP has successfully commissioned or purchased over 400 works of art for the enhancement of state buildings and the enjoyment of Coloradans.
The Art in Public Places Committee for the E.S. French Renovation represented a vast area of people and interests. Members of the E.S. French Steering Committee, Architects that designed the building, an NJC Foundation Board member, local artists from Logan County, the NJC Art Professor and Gallery Director, an NJC student majoring in Art, representatives from the legislative offices of Cory Gardner and Jerry Sonnenberg, as well as representatives from Colorado Creative Industries and the Governor’s office all served on the committee. The group spent a year-and-a-half from start to finish. They began by outlining the parameters of the project and creating guidelines for applicants. The committee then viewed portfolios from 622 applicants and through multiple adjudications narrowed the pool from 622 to 3. The final three artists were then invited to the NJC Campus to present their vision for the Art in Public Places artwork. The Committee unanimously decided upon Brian Brush’s work LuminArc, believing his interactive sculpture would not only serve as a beautiful main entrance to E.S. French Hall, but would also become an iconic landmark for Northeastern Junior College that students would want to take pictures in front of and post online for years to come.
Brian W. Brush is a designer and artist who used the interaction of light and material to tell stories at the intersection of art, science, technology, and environment. The interactive sculpture has been built over the main west entrance to E. S. French Hall. Through his New York-based creative practice, BRUSH, he designs and constructs data-driven, interactive environments integrating high-tech illumination and digital media with complex geometric and material systems. His goal is to reveal the fascinating hidden relationships between people, technology, and the environments they inhabit by manifesting these phenomena in color, light, and form in a way that inspires the public and energizes public spaces. He’s twice been awarded the Public Art Network Year in Review Award and his work has appeared in numerous publications including Metropolis Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, The Architect’s Newspaper, ArchDaily, Make Magazine, FastCoDesign, Atlantic Cities, Wired Design, and Phaidon Press’s recent book “Room: Inside Contemporary Interiors”.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Brian studied architecture as a Presidential Scholar at Montana State University earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Design. He was awarded the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship to continue his graduate studies at the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) in New York where he received a Master of Architecture and a Master of Science in Urban Planning.
Brian is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture at Columbia University GSAPP, teaching design, digital fabrication, and Geographic Information Systems and is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Strategic Design and Management Program at Parsons the New School for Design in New York. He is also a PhD candidate and Fullbright Scholar conducting research with McGill University School of Architecture’s Facility for Architectural Research in Media and Mediation (FARMM).
Be sure to drive by the sculpture after dark on the west side of the E.S. French building to view the art sculpture. It is a beautiful addition to the newly remodeled building on campus.