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“The Epicenter” highlights the main entrance to Weidner Field – home of the Colorado Springs Switchbacks Football Club. The iconic $4.5 million public art piece showcases two interlocking rings illuminated by colored LED lights specifically designed to reflect the pride of Colorado Springs and the numerous U.S. Olympic national governing bodies located here while also affirming the community as Olympic City, USA.
The sculpture, weighing more than 164,000 pounds, and at 65.5-feet in diameter and 35-feet tall, was designed and fabricated locally by Springs Fabrication. More than 20,000 workhours went into the project. As a public art piece in southwest downtown, people will enjoy this architectural and engineering wonder 365 days of the year as a gift to the community from Dean Weidner, founder of Weidner Apartment Homes.
“The re-emergence of southwest Downtown Colorado Springs as a place where people want to live, work, and play was a key motivator for me to participate in the repositioning of this once vacant lot,” said Weidner. “During the planning for a development that combined walkable character with an engaging urban experience, we realized that investing in the quality of the streetscapes by including public art into the overall design was critical. I look forward to the community being able to connect with and enjoy this new and iconic symbol of this great city.”