The public art installation at Lamar Station Crossing, Dancing Light Poles, is complete. Metro West Housing Solutions CEO Tami Fischer recently took its honoree, Bill Lunsford, to see the beautiful creation.
Located within the courtyard of Lamar Station Crossing, the installation is a collaboration between Metro West Housing Solutions (MWHS), 40West Arts District and artist Reven Marie Swanson.
The work was commissioned as a tribute to Bill Lunsford, who was instrumental in the success of MWHS’ Low Income Tax Credit program and the creation of additional affordable housing in Lakewood. Nearly 22 years ago, Bill began working with MWHS as its Housing Developer. With his prior banking and development experience, coupled with his passion for affordable housing, Bill’s work launched MWHS into a new chapter of not only managing but also developing affordable housing. During his time with MWHS, the agency created or acquired 993 affordable housing units and became a leader in developing and managing beautiful, affordable housing communities. He set the precedent and MWHS continues to be recognized both locally and nationally for its work.
“We are proud to support the arts in our community and understand their importance to community vitality and engagement,” said Fischer. “We take a very holistic approach to housing, understanding that affordable housing is just a first step in caring for our residents. Our enrichment and life-skill classes enhance their lives, supporting human growth and stronger communities.”
The installation is comprised of 40 4.5” diameter polished stainless steel pipes. The poles appear to sway with the environment, and each is punctuated with fused and cast glass in a gradient of colors cascading down the length of each pole. When up close, visitors can look through the gradient glass to see various images throughout each piece. Kaleidoscopes on each pipe capture shapes with natural light, appearing different depending on the time of day and weather.
“40 West Arts is proud to be a longtime partner of Metro West Housing Solutions. We have completed numerous artistic projects, workshops, and collaborations over our many years of working together. To have a housing development partner who deeply understands the relationship between art and healthy living, art and community, is vital to the work we do,” said Liz Black, Executive Director, 40West Arts.
In addition to its numerous public art installations, Metro West Housing Solutions supports the integration of art and community in myriad ways, including a long-time Artist in Residence program at Lamar Station and participation in the 40West Arts Line Framework and Design Standards.
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