Colorado Front Range Tag-O-Rama

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Charleetho, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. atokad

    atokad wan⋅der⋅lust

    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2008
    Oddometer:
    5,131
    Location:
    Colorado
    It's a Dog-Tag.

    Sun Spot

    TITLE

    Sun Spot

    ARTIST

    Haddad | Drugan

    LOCATION

    Denver Animal Shelter

    NEIGHBORHOOD

    Valverde

    YEAR

    2011

    ARTWORK TYPE

    Public Sculpture

    MATERIAL

    stainless steel, dog tags


    Sun Spot is a multi-piece artwork for Denver’s new Municipal Animal Shelter at the South Platte Campus. The primary piece is a 25’-tall iconic dog sculpture located at the southeast corner of the site, adjacent to the South Platte Trail and visible from Interstate-25. The form of the dog is an amalgam of many different dogs, in effect becoming “every dog.” Its pet-like, “sitting dog” pose expresses a friendly, playful, and welcoming nature. The sculpture is made from a structural steel skeleton overlaid with stainless steel mesh that is then covered with more than 90,000 individual stainless steel pet tags. The accumulation of pet tags is a symbol of the thousands of pet adoptions that occur at the shelter every year. In addition to metaphoric meaning, the pet tags will have phenomenological effects. The tags hang from hooks and flutter in the breeze.

    The second piece of Sun Spot is a suspended sculpture located in the front lobby and adoption waiting room of the Animal Shelter. Its principal element is a 6’-diameter collar, sized to fit the exterior dog sculpture. Hanging from the collar is an oversized pet tag etched with the name “Sun Spot.” The collar is made from blackened steel and gold aluminum, with stainless steel buckle and spike details. Decorative patterns cut and etched into the collar are derived from the leaves and berries of the plants used around the dog sculpture. The stainless steel chain used to suspend the collar from the ceiling references dog leashes. Hanging from the lower side of the collar are approximately 100 individual strands of chain, ranging in length from 30” to 66”. Every time a pet is adopted from the shelter the new owner will be given an opportunity to have a pet tag engraved with the name of the pet and date of the adoption, and then attached to a link of the chain. While the tags used on the dog sculpture are all stainless steel circles, the tags for the collar will be a variety of shapes and colors. Over the years the sculpture will accumulate more and more tags, becoming a communal gesture of animal stewardship. The sculpture is designed to accommodate up to 7,000 tags.

    The final element of the artwork is another set of approximately 50 pet tags, subtly marking native plants along the South Platte Trail west of the South Platte Campus. These tags are engraved with botanical and common plant names. Using pet tags to “name” the plants links their value with the societal value placed on pets. The artists hope that the tree tags may eventually inspire an “adopt-a-tree” program, whereby non-native plants are replaced with native plants in an effort to regenerate the riparian plant zone similar to how the adjacent brownfield has been reclaimed by the municipal facility, and linking back to the pet adoptions that occur at the Animal Shelter.

    The three pieces of Sun Spot each work on an individual basis but are tied together by their common use of pet tags as an inspirational material that has a direct link to the function of the Animal Shelter.

    My night grab in 2013

    [​IMG]
  2. VonBiker

    VonBiker Work sucks and then you RIDE! Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Oddometer:
    1,401
    Location:
    Lakewood, CO
    Ha ha. how did I miss that?
  3. VonBiker

    VonBiker Work sucks and then you RIDE! Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Oddometer:
    1,401
    Location:
    Lakewood, CO
    That was a great write up on the Dog-Tag. I love dogs, so appreciate what they do.

    One more Webex, then heading out to make a drop. Get ready Boys...
    Should be around 1:00pm or so
  4. VonBiker

    VonBiker Work sucks and then you RIDE! Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Oddometer:
    1,401
    Location:
    Lakewood, CO
    Lunch Tag:

    WR450 on the loose...
    #1 Son tagging along.

    Good food. Try it.
    But you have to call in or order online.
    Then they bring it out to you.

    IMG_0032.jpg
    Geek likes this.
  5. SaintBandicoot

    SaintBandicoot Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2019
    Oddometer:
    113
    Location:
    Colorado
    Grab.
    Mac Nation Café, Indian Hills. Basically in our backyard.

    [​IMG]
    HanzoSteel and Geek like this.
  6. VonBiker

    VonBiker Work sucks and then you RIDE! Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Oddometer:
    1,401
    Location:
    Lakewood, CO
    Had to eat there to get the grab.
  7. SaintBandicoot

    SaintBandicoot Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2019
    Oddometer:
    113
    Location:
    Colorado
    I’m working my way through my pre-COVID-19 food stockpile :D

    I hope the chef doesn’t have a dry cough :hide
  8. SaintBandicoot

    SaintBandicoot Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2019
    Oddometer:
    113
    Location:
    Colorado
    Tag on!

    just a couple of horses :D

    [​IMG]
    HanzoSteel and Geek like this.
  9. Geek

    Geek oot & aboot

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2003
    Oddometer:
    35,587
    Location:
    8000ft.
    If I wasn't tied to my desk right now that Warhorse would be mine!
  10. VonBiker

    VonBiker Work sucks and then you RIDE! Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Oddometer:
    1,401
    Location:
    Lakewood, CO
    Grab

    Cold War Horse

    Hey 72. Arcade
    Rocky Flats

    IMG_0036.jpg
    atokad, HanzoSteel and Geek like this.
  11. VonBiker

    VonBiker Work sucks and then you RIDE! Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Oddometer:
    1,401
    Location:
    Lakewood, CO
    IMG_0037.jpg
    atokad likes this.
  12. HanzoSteel

    HanzoSteel n00bish

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2012
    Oddometer:
    3,808
    Location:
    Fletcher, Co.
    I was going to wait till morning since it's close to work, I should've just went out. New Tag tonight?
  13. VonBiker

    VonBiker Work sucks and then you RIDE! Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Oddometer:
    1,401
    Location:
    Lakewood, CO
    I'll throw a tag up tonight. Need to eat first.
    Just got home and changed into "evening wear" ...
    (sweats)
    Warming up after going 93 on 93
    HanzoSteel likes this.
  14. VonBiker

    VonBiker Work sucks and then you RIDE! Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Oddometer:
    1,401
    Location:
    Lakewood, CO
    Local 2 Stroke Tag

    KTM300XCW
    Newest addition to the family.
    Just installed a Rekluse & a Lectron.
    Seems to be working.

    Buy a pizza from these folks.
    Good people

    IMG_0038.jpg
    Geek and HanzoSteel like this.
  15. SaintBandicoot

    SaintBandicoot Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2019
    Oddometer:
    113
    Location:
    Colorado
    Grab...

    [​IMG]
    Geek and HanzoSteel like this.
  16. SaintBandicoot

    SaintBandicoot Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2019
    Oddometer:
    113
    Location:
    Colorado
    Heads up folks!

    In the spirit of giving more people an opportunity to play, I’m taking the tag at least 40 miles away from VonBiker and my neighborhood... I’m thinking north :lol3
  17. VonBiker

    VonBiker Work sucks and then you RIDE! Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Oddometer:
    1,401
    Location:
    Lakewood, CO
    I put that there for Hanzo...
    Jeez...
    And you probably didn't even get a pizza.

    Now drop it back down so he can have it!
  18. SaintBandicoot

    SaintBandicoot Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 5, 2019
    Oddometer:
    113
    Location:
    Colorado
    The “Reserved for Hanzo” sign you left in the parking lot must have blown away :hide

    When all this COVID nonsense is over with, I want to give Pizzeria Lui a try... looks like the closest thing Denver has to offer to pizza napoletana :drool:
  19. HanzoSteel

    HanzoSteel n00bish

    Joined:
    Mar 24, 2012
    Oddometer:
    3,808
    Location:
    Fletcher, Co.
    :lol3

    I like to grab either in the morning on the way to work (4am) or after work (3ishpm)
    Assfault likes this.
  20. VonBiker

    VonBiker Work sucks and then you RIDE! Supporter

    Joined:
    Mar 13, 2014
    Oddometer:
    1,401
    Location:
    Lakewood, CO
    Put the tag there and I will get a pizza to go...