Lawrence Argent :: Whispers

"Whispers"

2002 Limestone, Bronze and sound elements

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"Whispers"

2002 Limestone, Bronze and sound elements.

University of Denver, Entrance to Ritchie Center. Denver, Colorado.

This is a public art commission at the south entrance to the Ritchie Wellness Center, University of Denver. Materials used - Limestone, Bronze and interactive sound elements. It is composed of four limestone benches, and five columns. The fronts of the benches are carved mirth the actual realism of human lips. These have been taken from lite casts made from a diverse section of the university community. . (A 3-D laser scanner read the form and a stone milling machine enlarged the pieces.) The benches are sixty inches in length. The color of the limestone is the buff, similar to that used throughout the construction of the Ritchie Center. These benches are configured with interactive sound equipment.

An electronically sensored system is activated when someone sits on the benches, triggering speakers to be engaged. These are hooked up to a central system, from which there are pre-recorded lectures,

An electronically sensored system is activated when someone sits on the benches, triggering speakers to be engaged. These are hooked up to a central system, from which there are pre-recorded lectures, (the content of these varies from poetry readings, scientific discoveries to discussions on rhetoric theory) which are continually changed and reconfigured). This unit is housed in the Ritchie Center. The benches are situated on structural concrete pads sheathed in four-inch thick sandstone. There are metal grates in front of the benches covering a recessed space that house the speakers, motion sensor and lighting system. The other components as you see in the image are limestone columns that are topped with cast bronze lips.

These columns are conical shaped with an ellipse bias. (Base dimensions are 18 x 12 inches and feather in to 6 x 4 inches. They vary in height between 11 and 13 feet). They are also in combination of two limestones. - Indiana buff and Indiana gray. They are segmented into four units each. The bronze lips are also cast from life and enlarged and remodeled to 18" wide, 9 inches deep and9 inches high.