Hudson Gardens gets one big nest

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Joshua Wiener's new sculpture, “Collective Nest,” arrived in two pieces and was bolted together on-site at Hudson Gardens earlier in February.

The location for the 22-foot-tall piece is just west of the amphitheater, near the new Songbird Garden, where planting will be completed this spring with perennials that provide food for birds. (Specially chosen bird-attractive trees and shrubs were planted in fall 2012, and feeders were installed.)

Wiener comes by his sculpture career naturally — his mother, Madeline Wiener, established the Marble Institute in Marble, Colo., and has public works throughout Denver, including a figure in front of Goodson Recreation Center and the relief figures on the Lamont School of Music at DU.

Joshua Wiener, a Boulder resident with a studio in Denver, has commissioned works across Colorado and elsewhere in the U.S., including gates at Carson Nature Center in South Platte Park, Littleton; a team of cyclists in Durango; and a piece in Castle Rock.

He teaches at the Denver Art Students League and has created works in bronze, stone, steel, water, earth, plants, concrete, sand and asphalt, according to his website.

“Collective Nest” is made of stainless and mild steel. The animals are stainless and the remainder of the work will rust naturally, forming a protective surface that does not require maintenance.

The South Suburban Public Art Committee agreed that this was the right location for this piece, where it will be enjoyed by 120,000 garden guests annually.

Members of the committee are: Joyce Volp, chair; Katherine McMurray, vice chair; Jim Dickson; Nora Pearson; Rhonda Poelma; Charles Whitley; Phyllis Torres; and Julie Trimarchi. In June, F.A. “Al” Clerihue will begin a term.

If you go

Hudson Gardens and Event Center is located at 6115 S. Santa Fe Drive, Littleton. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, except for early closing on concert days. Admission to the Gardens is free.

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