September 27 – November 25, 2019
Informed by Denver’s built environment, Our House was a salt cast monument that focused on concepts of memory, entropy, and sense of place. This work was a part of a project called Temporary Monuments to Denver, which intended to stoke dialogue about what purpose monuments serve from the perspective of artists living and working in Denver.
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.
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.