Designed of recycled steel drilling pipe, “Energy Dance” on the grounds of the Outdoor Learning Center merges art and industry in an effort to create a balance between energy and beauty. Artist Rae Douglass made every effort to keep the process of the work and installation sustainable with the use of local materials.
A dedication is planned for 4 p.m., Saturday, November 20, at the Outdoor Learning Center on the Farmington campus.
The 60 pairs of pipe are raised in an inverted “V” and are arranged in two interlocking crescents alluding to the symbol of recycling, fellowship and dance. The arrangement of the pipes and their shadows across the ground create an appearance of movement. A walking path around and between the pipes invites people to come inside.
Energy Dance was funded through the 1% for the Arts Project, which mandates that 1 percent of capital projects in excess of $100,000 is to be used to purchase or commission artwork for the site. Money was accumulated between 1999 and 2007 from funds constructing the Learning Commons, Health and Human Performance Center, Quality Center for Business and expansion/remodeling of San Juan College West, Trades and Technology, Child and Family Development Center and Information Technology Center.