(Colorado Springs, CO) At the base of Austin Bluffs Open Space near Pulpit Rock, there is an outdoor art installation called The Windmill Project. This impressive array has 2000 eight-foot tall polycarbonate tubes with LED lights and wind-activated turbines.
The temporary installation spreads across a small hill with sweeping views of Pikes Peak. The exhibit is amazing on a breezy, sunny day, and it comes alive at night when it is illuminated by LED lights.
The artist, Patrick Marold, created The Windmill Project over twenty years ago while living in Iceland, and it has been on display in Kyos, Iceland, and Vail, Colorado.
Colorado Springs has been fortunate to have this installation in our community for the past two years, but it won't be here much longer. The Windmill Project will be leaving in late October 2022, so see it now before it's gone.
The immersive art experience is a short walk from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) parking lot #580. The free parking area is just east of the Ent Center for the Arts (5225 N. Nevada Avenue).
At the southeast corner of the parking lot, follow the dirt path heading east to the sign for "The Windmill Project." Visitors will need a flashlight to navigate the trail at night.
For more information on The Windmill Project and a map, go here.
Partick Marold's work is also at the Denver International Airport. The Colorado-based artist created Shadow Array, a sculpture using 236 beetle-kill spruce logs from Colorado. The installation, completed in 2015, is outside the Westin Denver International Airport Hotel and Transit Center.