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Picture of public art piece "Beacon" at Fire Station 35 along Peña Boulevard.DENVER – June 26, 2017 – Denver International Airport (DEN) today announced the completion of “Beacon,” a signature piece of art at the airport’s recently completed Fire Station 35.

Fire Station 35, which is located near Jackson Gap Road and E. 75th Avenue, is the fifth on-airport fire station and opened for service in December 2016. “Beacon,” by Seattle-based artist Steve Gardner, is a laser-cut aluminum and fused glass work of art installed within the west façade of the building. The artwork was inspired by the Denver Fire Department’s connection and service to the airport and its passengers.

Backlit at night, the piece is intended to create the sense of a “beacon,” shining over the surrounding area. Aerial views of downtown Denver and airport street grids and geography provide a background to the central image of the traditional firefighters’ Maltese cross. According to the artist, a symbolic beam of light and energy is projected outward and over neighborhood and airport streets, symbolizing the firefighters’ vigilance and protection of the communities they serve. The piece also includes glass cast reliefs of the equipment and tools that the firefighters use.

The $200,000 project was paid for via the City and County of Denver’s “1 percent for art” ordinance, which dedicates money from new construction projects to public art. An international call for artists was announced in November 2014 for this piece.

For a gallery of “Beacon” images, click here. Please credit all images to Denver International Airport.

About the Artist

Seattle artist Steve Gardner studied art and biology at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN, and later received his master’s in ceramic sculpture from Central Washington University in Ellensburg, WA. He works primarily in large-scale commissions, ranging from ceramic relief sculpture to large murals of metal and cast glass. Much of his work is focused on creating a sense of place, often by taking inspiration from nature, science and storytelling.

About the Denver Fire Department at Denver International Airport

The Denver Fire Department provides fire and rescue services to the employees, visitors and passengers at DEN. There are now five fire stations staffed with a total of 30 firefighters on duty 24/7 who are certified in Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting. Founded in 1866, the Denver Fire Department is dedicated to providing quality, timely and professional emergency services to those who live in, work in, and visit the City and County of Denver and the communities we serve; respecting each other through trust, pride, diversity, integrity, and training; and working together to achieve the highest levels of preparedness, prevention, and community involvement with dedication to purpose. www.denvergov.org/fire


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