Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Far More Than Just Another Brick In The Wall
Colorado is home to some extremely skilled masons. There are several buildings in the area in which I live that feature some fairly unusual brickwork - I should probably take some pictures of a few of the more unusual examples and post them here, but for now what I have to share is some of the most extraordinary brickwork I have ever seen.
The building these walls belong to is in Littleton, on West Dry Creek Circle. It is the home of LoneTree Energy, and it is a piece of art.
There is no accreditation for the craftsmen who built these walls, but there should be. The abstract bas-relief sculptures that pop out of the wall nearest the entrance to the building were created with the same simple bricks that ordinarily are used to build boring brick walls.
This wall has to be seen to be fully appreciated. The bricks are shaped in such a way that they appear to have grown out of the wall into fully formed sculpture.
What is truly amazing is the fact that this building cannot be seen from the major road that runs past it, Broadway. A person has to drive about 500 feet west of Broadway along West Dry Creek Circle to see it, which tells me that this brickwork wasn't done as a means of drawing attention to the building, it was created as a means of infusing what would have otherwise been another dull office building with a little elan, a little life.
And I for one love that.