Strange Continents, Mindy Bray
Demiurge worked with artist Mindy Bray on Strange Continents, a public commission for the city of Denver at the Westin Hotel at Denver International Airport, part of the South Terminal Redevelopment Program. Bray and her team worked for several weeks priming and painting the over 150 feet long mural that spans two separate walls. Simultaneously, Demiurge was producing and hanging several large-scale custom cast resin components which overlay the painted mural, giving both physical depth and dimension to the work. The work is a stunning addition to the Westin Hotel and is a warm and receptive way to greet guests as they arrive to the valet parking area.
"The imagery for Strange Continents is derived from hundreds of photographs of the Platte River at Confluence Park in Denver, where it flows over a series of man-made boulders, creating a waterfall that cascades through the park. These photographs were digitally manipulated to arrive at a vocabulary of shapes that were composed to resemble a global map. The dichotomies of natural and urban, local and global are central to the piece, and reflect a broader interest in the relationship between growing cities and their natural environments. Here, the use of color references global maps and inserts larger themes of geography and travel. The materials in the piece – latex paint and cut resin – are both architectural and residential, emphasizing the urban quality of the piece. Ultimately, Strange Continents is also about the space, a long corridor. The piece progresses at a pedestrians pace in either direction, unwinding at each end. The piece flows through the space like the river it references, and it invites reflection along its course."