“Moving Right Along” was commissioned to create a night and day identity to the Denizen Denver Apartment Complex and Alameda Light Rail Station Plaza in 2016. The concept of this piece was to mimic the movement of the train line adjacent to the installation while corresponding with the Denizen architecture and nearby visible “Articulated Wall” sculpture by Herbert Bayer. The work was designed by Sandra Fettingis, and fabricated and installed by Demiurge Design in Denver, CO.
Known for her iconic, abstract geometric style, artist Sandra Fettingis creates timeless, site-specific patterns for public art projects such as murals and installations across the nation. Her elegant, harmonious works integrate art with the surrounding built and natural environments. She combines a careful study of a location and its social fabric with creative problem solving to generate meditative yet dynamic patterns with a keen attention to detail and impeccable craftswomanship.
Born and raised in Chicago, by South American artist parents, Sandra studied at the Art Center College of Design and earned a BA from Columbia College. Since 2007, when she painted her first mural in Chicago, she has created more than 50 large-scale artworks for public and private collections. Sandra’s award-winning installation for the Colorado Convention Center, I know that you that I know, completed in 2014, propelled her into the public-facing projects she makes today. Her projects include extensive large-scale murals as well as glass windscreens for RTD’s A and EFR Lines, in addition to a four-story tall, integrated LED and aluminum wall sculpture for Denizen Denver. Her work has been exhibited locally at the Denver Art Museum, nationally as part of several mural festivals, and internationally at the Sharjah Festival in the United Arab Emirates. Sandra has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Huffington Post, Chicago Sun-Times, Design Milk, Hyperallergic, and Modern in Denver. She has earned grants from both the City of Chicago and Denver and is an alumni of RedLine, Denver’s artist residency program.
Over the course of her career, Sandra has worked with dozens of collaborators to execute her projects indoors and out. Her extensive diverse network includes lasting relationships with artists, curators, fabricators, installers, architects, and other experts. She works with this network to achieve more expansive, advanced, and visionary projects that often integrate technology and re-envision the role of art in public spaces both in and outside of Colorado.
Sandra continues to push her practice creatively and professionally by experimenting with new materials, taking on projects outside of Colorado, and pushing the visual language of abstraction through geometric minimalism. Rooted in clean, enduring design, Sandra’s handcrafted geometric patterns leverage thoughtful repetition often with organic elements nodding to plant life. She develops refined, meditative rhythms using line as a foundation. Line dominates Sandra’s practice and remains the lens through which she sees and understands the world. She hopes her viewers find moments of calm, respite and solace through her work in addition to a deeper appreciation of pattern and connection, whether in the human or natural worlds.
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