Travelers on West Colfax should not be alarmed if they see a neon tumbleweed in the sky over the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design for the next two months.
The college worked with Black Cube, a nomadic art museum that establishes temporary exhibits in a variety of locations, and artist Jon Geiger on the piece, entitled ROAM.
“It was a natural fit for us to work together,” said Courtney Lane Stell, executive director and chief curator at Black Cube. “It’s really wonderful to engage with college students and inspire them to be ambitious in their own projects.”
ROAM is a 26-foot, animated, white neon tumbleweed, consisting of five neon structures, each illuminated individually to create the feeling of movement.
“Geiger incorporated three icons of the American West into the work,” Stell explained. “The icons are neon signage, billboards and tumbleweeds, which all symbolize different aspects of the west.”
ROAM was placed on the roof of RMCAD’s Texas Building on Aug. 4 — a day that has been coming for more than a year, said Karina Marconi, the college’s business development and outreach ambassador.
“We were looking for something special for both the community and our students,” Marconi said. “This is the first exhibition like this we’ve had on our campus, and what an incredible piece of art to start with.”