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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Loveland Museum/Gallery

Interactive Art Installations by Nikki Pike at the Loveland Museum/Gallery


LOVELAND, CO –        Two new and interactive art installation by Denver artist Nikki Pike take center stage at the Loveland Museum/Gallery. Ice Bellows (remix) and Love Letters will be on display February 8, 14, and 15 and take two everyday occurrences from ordinary to extraordinary.


Ice Bellows (remix), featured in the lobby of the Loveland Museum/Gallery, resembles a modern pipe organ and is an interactive installation of sight and sound revealing the musical qualities of ice melting away in water. The idea for the piece came about when Pike’s friend rhetorically asked if she could hear the sound of cold. He went on to describe the subtle cracking and breaking sounds ice makes as it adjusts to changes in temperature. What began as a casual and friendly conversation among friends led the artist to pursue the answer to a much larger question: does silence exist?


With existence of silence strongly in question, Pike began experimenting with ice in an effort to capture the subtle sounds of ice melting in water.  She soon came to realize that the sounds she captured had distinct musical qualities and teamed up with jazz musician Dan Schwindt to create a unique musical composition. The compiled sounds inspired the artist to share the aural experience with her audience in a more direct way and led to the development of the pipe organ concept.  As a simulated organ, Ice Bellows (remix) allows viewers to create their own musical compositions with the captured sounds via an interactive sampling board. Visitors to the Loveland Museum/Gallery may interact with the sampling board during specified time slots.


Ice Bellows (remix) Viewing Times (Play the Bellows):

Friday, February 8: 5 – 9 pm

Thursday, February 14: 4 – 7 pm

Friday, February 15: 2 – 5 pm


Love Letters, a second interactive installation at the Museum, is a collaborative installation between ArtSpace and the Loveland Museum/Gallery and blurs the lines between public and private spaces with a concept the viewers must determine on their own. The second half of the Love Letters installation is on display at the Loveland Feed & Grain, and visitors to the Museum and the Loveland Feed & Grain may view real-time actions during specified viewing times.


Love Letters Viewing Times:

Friday, February 8: 6 – 9 pm

Thursday, February 14: 6 – 7 pm

Friday, February 15: 2 – 5 pm