A CIRCLE FOR ALL:
City's 50th Anniversary Tribute
Location: Addenbrook Park, Lakewood, Colorado
Collaborator: Michael Naranjo (sculptor)
The Addenbrooke family collected stones from around the world to build the fireplace that now stands as an historical landmark for the City of Lakewood. In a similar process and look, sedimentary rocks are formed by the deposition and subsequent cementation of mineral or organic particles. This process of “coming together” to create something greater than the sum of its parts serves as the concept for the public art design. James Dinh collaborated with renowned bronze sculptor Michael Naranjo for this finalist proposal.
Upon approaching the site, visitors will see the fireplace ringed by five 'sedimentary' benches and a grove of trees. They will notice a bronze sculpture sitting on one of the benches. Highly tactile and displaying a rich patina, the sculpture represents a mother and child—an enduring symbol of the continuity of life, family, and community. The mother figure gestures with her hand towards the hearth of the fireplace. The intention is that people will sit alongside the sculpture, creating a microcosm of the larger community.