Location: Hydro Backyard
Installation: Jan. 2023
The power of people + the power of the ocean. Strength/power + play/innovation. The installation of Crescendo is focused on the large grouping of waves placed centrally in the Hydro Backyard. The waves flow throughout the entire backyard. With the diversity of the shape groupings and the overall expanse, the installation can hold up to 28 forms.
About the artist
Nikki Pike is an artist and activist committed to serving the community through her art practice and role as an educator. Through the use of universally positive human experiences such as curiosity, music, surprise, and gifting along with the influence of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, she spreads values of empowerment, vulnerability, and connection in the form of experience as opposed to product. Nikki sees herself as a cultural agent working together with local communities promoting activity and creativity. With her an expansive practice, Nikki straddles public arts, social sculpture, service art and is exploring ideas of relief art intended to aide communities responding to disaster. Her methods start from the ideals of democracy and her work has been featured at the Denver Art Museum, the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, and Art Basel Miami, to name a few. Currently, Nikki resides in Denver, Colo. and holds a professorship at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs.