Massive public art sculpture revealed at Weidner Field | Business and finance
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – (BUSINESS WIRE) – April 22, 2021 –
A unique and fascinating main entrance to Weidner Field – the new home of Colorado Springs Switchbacks Football Club – is now anchored by a stunning public art sculpture, “The Epicenter”. Officially unveiled in a ceremony today, the sculpture weighs over 164,000 pounds, is 35 feet tall and 65 feet in diameter. The polished stainless steel engineering masterpiece was designed and manufactured with over 20,000 person-hours.
Sculpture “The Epicenter” at the entrance to the new Weidner Field in the southwest of downtown Colorado Springs (artistic rendering) (Credit: Perkins & Will, hired by The Partnership)
The ambitious visionary for “The Epicenter “ is Dean Weidner, founder of Weidner Apartment Homes. A native of Colorado Springs, Weidner donated the $ 4.5 million sculpture to citizens of the community for the enjoyment of all visitors. He is also the inspiration for the redevelopment of the inner city where the $ 47 million Weidner Field outdoor stadium (which holds the distinction of being the highest-elevation operated professional sports stadium in the United States) is under construction. as one of the City for Champions destinations. places. “When planning a development that combines practicability with an engaging urban experience, we realized that it was essential to invest in the quality of streetscapes by including public art in the overall design”, Weidner said.
From the distinctive finishing material to the dynamic form of the sculpture, the design was envisioned as a nod to the district’s unique and rich history while seeking to celebrate the limitless potential of the city’s future. The brushed and polished stainless steel rings have a ‘dragon scale’ finish and have been chosen to be both modern and reflective. Modern, to represent football as the world’s largest and fastest growing sport. Reflective, to honor the neighborhood’s rich heritage and the site’s unique role in the resurgence of downtown Colorado Springs southwest.
“We predict ‘The Epicenter’ will be among the most desirable places for visitors and locals to congregate in our city and that it will be one of the most photographed settings for a venue of this size across the States. -United, ”said the president of Switchbacks. Nick Ragain. “The gentle slope and circular design of the sculpture and the main entrance to the stadium were intentional in its function, allowing more people to queue safely at the entrance to the street and the physical accessibility for all, ”said Ragain.
The 19-foot sphere underscores Colorado Springs’ important role in the global sports world as Olympic City USA. Over 7,000 parts make up the rings and the remote-controlled digital LED lighting system. “The enthusiasm of the community around the entrance to Weidner Field is tantamount to other prominent works of art in major cities,” said Greg Cerbana, vice president of Weidner Apartment Homes.
Springs Fabrication employees spent more than 20,000 hours between design and assembly and the design and construction of the iconic functional work of art. “Due to the massive size of the structure and its superior aerodynamic design, the structure was analyzed by computer wind simulations to ‘adjust’ the dimensions of the ring to their current perfected state,” said Tom Neppl, president of Springs Manufacturing. “It was a testing honor to showcase all of our talents on this extremely stimulating design.”
NOTE TO MEDIA: A private unveiling ceremony for the “The Epicenter” sculpture is at 5 pm Friday, April 23, Weidner Field, 111 W. Cimarron Street, Colorado Springs, Colorado.
- Photos and videos are available before and after The Epicenter Reveal: weidnerfieldevents.com/
- Weidner Field Grand home opener: May 21, 2021
Weidner Field is a versatile, sports-oriented venue under the “City for Champions” brand, serving as ambassadors for Olympic City USA. New $ 47 million, 8,000-seat stadium in downtown Colorado Springs southwest to feature numerous sporting events, world-class entertainment, educational opportunities, and social and corporate dining events . Weidner Field has the distinction of being the highest-elevation operated professional sports stadium in the United States and the home of the Switchbacks Football Club, which plays in the USL Championship football league. weidnerfield.com/
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