Cloud City comes to Colorado

It weighs 20 tons, consists of 16 interconnected aluminum modules and took 8 semi trucks to get from New York to Colorado. Its last home was the rooftop garden at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. And its new home will be 15 miles west of Colorado Springs in Green Mountain Falls.

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 “Cloud City” by Tomás Saraceno is making its Rocky Mountain debut at the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls this June. “Cloud City” allows visitors to climb through 16 aluminum modules giving a kaleidoscope view of the surrounding environment. Saraceno is internationally known for projects that propose new ways of inhabiting our space. “Cloud City,” inspired by clouds, bubbles, foam and bacteria, speaks to Saraceno’s vision of a floating metropolis. The reflective and transparent surfaces provoke visitors to come to new conceptions about their surroundings.

 In 2009 avid art collector, Christian Keesee launched the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls to bring awareness to the small mountain town and give artists an escape to nurture the creative process without the distractions of everyday life. “I jumped on the opportunity to celebrate and bring more attention to two things I appreciate very much: the arts, and this town,” said Keesee.

 The diverse festival offers a variety of activities, exhibits and classes ranging from photography exhibits to painting and drawing workshops. In addition to the workshops available there are musical and dance performances as well as a block party and nature hike. Between June 23rd and July 3rd artists of all ages and levels will experience what festival founder Christian hoped for them. “The goal is to bring nationally-acclaimed artists and their works to this small community, and provide workshops and studios for those who are not-so-well-known, while at the same time create a draw for visitors to come and discover this beautiful town and all it has to offer.” passionately expressed Keesee.

Green Box Arts Festival
June 23rd – July 3rd
For a full schedule of events visit the Green Box website.

Cloud City
June 23rd – July 3rd
1:00pm – 7:00pm

Words | Kelsey MacArthur
Image | Courtesy of Green Box Arts Festival

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