COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Colorado-based artist Joshua Wiener has been selected to create a permanent outdoor art installation in Panorama Park. There were 20 total applicants that an expert panel narrowed down to four finalists. From there, a selection panel comprised of residents from southeast Colorado Springs, selected Wiener as the winning artist.
Wiener, a Boulder resident who specializes in sculpture, was selected for his inspirational designs, collaborative spirit, and drive to create site-specific artwork that becomes a pivotal part of the environment and helps others find the fun and brilliance that surrounds them. Wiener’s mother, Madeline Wiener, an artist who specializes in stonework, was also among the final four.
“We are so excited to work with Joshua through this collaborative design process,” said Connie Schmeisser, park planner. “Through his artwork, we are seeking to improve the park experience for all users through artistic and cultural expression, and we can’t wait to see what he and the community dream up for the new Panorama Park. I’d also like to thank and recognize the community members who have been so involved throughout this process. It’s been wonderful to see the sense of pride and ownership in this park, and we’re proud to be supporting artwork that will reflect the incredible community that surrounds it.”
The community is invited and encouraged to engage with the artist throughout the creative design process. There will be three opportunities for community members to learn more and provide input. All of these meetings will be held at Panorama Middle School (2145 S Chelton Road), which is adjacent to the park.
- June 8, 5:30-7:30 p.m. – artist-led workshop to solicit community input
- June 15, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Wiener to share initial design concept and collect feedback
- June 22, 5:30-6:30 p.m. – Wiener to present final design
Located in southeast Colorado Springs near the intersection of Chelton Road and Jet Wing Drive, Panorama is currently undergoing the largest neighborhood park renovation in city history. Wiener’s artwork will be incorporated into the park’s new design, which has received significant community input under the leadership of key project partners, The Trust for Public Land and RISE ǀ Southeast Colorado Springs. Construction on the 13.5-acre park is expected to complete this summer. For more information, visit ColoradoSprings.gov/PanoramaPark.