September 27 – November 29, 2019
This project is coproduced by Black Cube and the Denver Theatre District
Free and open to the public
Our House is a sculpture by artist and Denver native, Noah Manos. The monument is a salt casting of the artist’s early 1900s Denver Square style home. Counter to the permeance associated with traditional monuments, this sculpture is designed to erode through exposure to the natural elements. Nested within the salt sculpture is a pyramidal structure that houses terracotta clay shards and black coal. The clay slabs hold pressings from construction debris found in the dumpsters of local construction sites and is paired with black coal which is intended to reference geological sedimentary layers. Deeply informed by Denver’s built environment—past, present, and future—Our House focuses on concepts of memory, entropy, sense of place, and the tensions between natural and built environments.
Our House is the second of three artworks to be installed atop the concrete plinth, as part of a project called Temporary Monuments to Denver.
Temporary Monuments to Denver
Part of the wider MONUMENTAL exhibition, Temporary Monuments to Denver is an outdoor public artwork comprised of temporary monuments to the city of Denver by local artists. Located outside of the Colorado Convention Center, each artwork is sited atop a large-scale, concrete monument base. The project is intended to stoke a wider public conversation regarding who is represented in monuments, Denver’s identity, and the role monuments play in this conversation from the perspective of artists living and working in Denver.
MONUMENTAL, a series of public, contemporary artworks and community engagement programs that explore, question, and transform the role monuments play within society. MONUMENTAL is coproduced by Black Cube and The Denver Theatre District and funded in part by the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation and the David and Laura Merage Foundation. MONUMENTAL is on view July 12, 2019 through January 31, 2020, with the For Freedoms billboard extended through June 30, 2020. View the full program here.