Sculptor Joshua Wiener recently explained his concept for “Collective Nest,” his new piece of public art installed at Hudson Gardens and Event Center.
It uses contrasting curved and straight lines to form a giant nest that protects wildlife.
The nest and supporting post are milled steel, which has already formed a coat of rust, which will protect it from further deterioration, he said. The fish and hawk in the nest are made of stainless steel and will not oxidize, providing contrast.
Members of South Suburban Parks and Recreation District’s Public Art Committee hosted a dedication of the 22-foot-tall sculpture on April 21 for friends, family, the public and SSPR representatives.
It is placed west of the amphitheater, where it will be enjoyed by concert audiences and is high enough to be visible from the Mary Carter Greenway as well.
Close beyond it is the new Songbird Garden, which last fall had feeders, trees and shrubs installed that will attract birds. Soon, a group of perennials will go in, which also will provide food and nectar for birds. Said feathered friends will probably be seen perching on the giant nest.
The garden area around the sculpture had been recently cleared with a prescribed burn and looked a bit bleak, but it should soon be filled again with blossoms and greenery next to the water garden. Visitors may enjoy watching it redevelop.
Wiener, a Boulder resident, is the son of sculptor Madeline Wiener, who has a work in front of the Goodson Recreation Center.
He teaches at Denver Art Students League and has works created in various materials across Colorado, including a cycling team in Durango and gates to the Carson Nature Center in Littleton.
Hudson Gardens and Event Center is at 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. It is open daily from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., except for early closing on concert days. Admission is free for garden visits, but there is a charge for concerts. Hudsongardens.org.