Art Reincarnate

A Herbert Bayer Sculpture Finds a New Home at the Aspen Institute

After being in storage for more than two decades, Anaconda now graces the Aspen Meadows campus.

By Cindy Hirschfeld July 26, 2018 Published in the Midsummer/Fall 2018 issue of Aspen Sojourner

Image: Dan Bayer

Last seen almost a quarter-century ago in a corporate lobby in Denver, a marble sculpture by celebrated Bauhaus architect and artist Herbert Bayer has found a fitting home in Aspen.

Bayer created the seven-piece geometric work, Anaconda, in 1978 for display in Arco’s office tower (the oil company had an extraordinary corporate art program at the time). It remained there until being donated to the Denver Art Museum in 1995, where it was put in storage.

With support from philanthropists Melony and Adam Lewis, the Aspen Institute purchased the sculpture last year. Bayer designed most of the Institute’s buildings, and his work is on display throughout the Aspen campus. Now, re-erected among a base of Mexican river rocks this June, Anaconda lives on in a carefully chosen spot next to Paepcke Auditorium, its strong, vertical lines complementing the soaring peaks in the background.

A counterbalance to Bayer’s Marble Garden on the campus’s west side, “the sculpture looks as if it were made for our outdoor environment in the mountains,” says Cristal Logan, an Institute VP and director of Aspen Community Programs.

It’s a rather nice way to rise again.

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