Why Denver Commissioned A Piece Of Public Art You'll Only See Once
By Corey H. Jones
Oct 1, 2015
You know the big blue bear that peers into the Colorado Convention Center? The newest piece of public art commissioned by the City of Denver is nothing like that.
On Sunday, you'll see why: It's a dance called “White Mirror” and will take place only once, at 6:30 p.m. in Babi Yar Park in southeast Denver.
The title is a nod to ideas of hope and reflection and the performance explores the Holocaust.
“It’s a very intense, emotional energy,” choreographer Robert Sher-Machherndl said. “And I’m really pleased to bring dance out of the theater, to not have the walls or be constricted.”
Founded as a Holocaust memorial in 1971, the park was expanded 11 years later. An aerial view shows the Star of David formed by paths that take you through trees, over bridges and to other monuments.
“It’s a beautiful park that most people aren’t really aware of, and we really wanted to showcase it,” Denver public art administrator Rudi Cerri said.
The name Babi Yar refers to a ravine in Ukraine where more than 33,000 Jews were killed during one week in 1941. The park honors those who died during this massacre and the ones that followed.
“It’s a very quiet, contemplative space, and I think we wanted a piece of artwork that reflected that,” Cerri, who oversees public art projects commissioned by the city, said.
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