Taffeta by Reven Swanson - Winner 2021 Jean Mellblom Award
from Denver, Colorado
Location: 107 S. Public Road
Materials: steel, powder coat and enamel
"Taffeta" was created in the same fashion as the age-old sewing technique to make a waistband for a wrap-around skirt. The sculpture acknowledges women's silent history to pass crafts from one generation to the next. It demonstrates the juxtaposition of tradition in a modern context of color and materials.
Ms. Swanson is a native Coloradan and began her career as a professional sculptor following graduation from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 1988. In 1993, she began an apprenticeship with Robert Mangold. She assists with kinetic stainless steel sculptures, such as exhibits for the Chicago Pier Walk and The Whitehouse.
Highlighted commissions are throughout the Rocky Mountain region and the West, including The Trust for Public Lands and National Endowment for the Arts.
For Ms. Swanson installing public art is like “leaving pieces of sunshine wherever she goes.”