The Windmill Project
The Windmill Project
THE WINDMILL PROJECT
OCTOBER 14, 2020 - OCTOBER 2021
The Windmill Project is comprised of 2,000 8’ tall posts with wind-activated components that turn small generators powering LED downlights. When installed outdoors, the site-responsive sculpture illuminates the wind’s movement across the landscape and visualizes “a living body of light”.
Part of GOCA’s mission is to offer UCCS students vital experiences working with national artists. During the artistic residency, Patrick Marold worked with UCCS students, staff and volunteers to realize The Windmill Project on campus in October 2020. The project is on view through October 2021.
In addition to being part of Art WithOut Limits, curated by Daisy McGowan, the work is also connected to a larger project, The Space(s) Between, a multi-site exhibition taking place during the 2020-2021 season in collaboration with University of Denver’s Vicky Myhren Gallery and featuring outdoor artworks between Colorado Springs and Denver along the I-25 corridor.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Patrick Marold is a Colorado-based artist who explores the intersection between natural phenomena, energy and perception through art that includes renewable energy as its primary component.
He has been working as an artist and sculptor since earning his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1997. His practice has long been concerned with an intimate connection to landscape, incorporating a concern with environmentalism alongside a post-minimalist approach to his practice.
Diversity in setting, scale, and technical realization have equipped him with the skill and interest to take risks with large-scale works across a broad range of sites. A recently completed commission, “The Shadow Array”, is a monumental sculptural installation in the valley landscape of Denver International Airport’s Southern Expansion.
Patrick Marold is a native of Colorado and maintains a studio outside of Boulder in Nederland, Colorado.
GOCA thanks the artist, UCCS students, staff and community volunteers involved in the project production. Generous support for The Windmill Project provided by CU President’s Fund for the Humanities, Colorado Creative Industries Season Support, and GOCA PAC Donor Circle members.