Through the Artist-in-Residence Program at the Children’s Museum of Denver at Marsico Campus, local artists hold open studio hours with Museum guests and use them as an inspiration to create a piece of artwork that is displayed in the Museum. This has taken on many forms, with each artist adding their own twist on what it means.
But never before have we had an artist who incorporated a piece from every child who visited open studio hours – until now.
During his residency, Adolfo Romero created mosaic tiles with Museum guests. And The Path of the Buffalo used every single one of them.
“We don’t make it easy on the artists, and this execution took weeks,” said Director of Exhibits, Chris Van Dyken, “But Adolfo had such a strong vision for the piece, and a passion for what he does. It came through clearly in the artwork.”
A tribute to the wisdom of indigenous people who followed the buffalo during seasonal changes, the piece takes on the form of a hopscotch and evokes the path of the star. For Adolfo, it was important to include a little something from every child; “This is such a powerful piece, and it is full of energy from the children.”
Salim Khoury, Art Programs Coordinator and a fellow clay aficionado, felt a special connection to this residency, “The ceramic process is very humbling and natural. It fit the theme of acknowledging the wisdom and importance of indigenous people.”
The Path of the Buffalo lives in Joy Park, sparking imagination and wonder in all who see it. To learn more about Adolfo and his time at the Museum, check out this article by the Westword.