Encountering Colorado

The Encountering Colorado installation in the commons brings together works that best represent our great state.

The LSC Arts Program is capturing the culture of Northern Colorado through the work of local artists and bringing it into the Commons in the LSC. In designing this space, the arts program drew inspiration from Northern Colorado culture, maintaining some of Colorado’s most important elements, including a depiction of the Poudre river and important mountain peaks.

Current Pieces


Mick Tresemer

Climbing rope, steel

Climbing rope as a medium for art initially inspired Tresemer due to its variety, functionality and renewability. He deconstructs his preconceptions and re-imagines objects as they are. Tresemer considers the Rocky Mountains a key element of Colorado culture, calling to a diverse group, and therefore establishing unification. Mountuned depicts a stylized acoustic guitar supporting the foothills of a mountain range. Thus, this work embodies Tresemer’s love for Colorado, encompassing what he loves most in life: art and a clean environment.


Scott Kreider

Laminated plywood

Kreider’s work examines an area in Rocky Mountain National Park that is especially important to him. Through the process of laminating plywood and manipulating a computer controlled router, the mountain is re-contextualized as a new and unfamiliar object. Therefore, Kreider asks the viewer to explore a space in a new way.

Constraining the Wild 

Sonja Allen 

Compressed earth and concrete, river rocks in steel cage

This piece references McMurray Natural Area located along the Cache la Poudre in Fort Collins. Recently, this space underwent intensive ecological restoration after years of gravel mining. Constraining the Wild takes an aerial view using an ancient construction method called Gabion where cages are filled with rock used in riverbank restoration. Moreover, this piece uses river rocks and compressed earth from the Poudre. The lines in the earth represent strata lines, signifying the deep history of McMurray Natural Area and its transformation through human interaction.

Allen focuses on areas of Fort Collins now a domesticated version of what was once wild and are now an interface for appreciating the solace of nature in the confines of society. Allen earned her MFA in sculpture from CSU in May 2018.

Through the Cracks 

Carrie Miller

Silk yarn, brazilwood and madder dyes

Through the Cracks springs from Miller’s documentation of colors and textures at Horsetooth Reservoir and pays homage to the serene and subtle moments of a rugged landscape. Miller utilized a handwoven technique called discontinuous weft to accentuate patterns and slits. Unwoven areas of the textile reveal gold threads and reference the transparency of a curtain and its circumstantial ability to either reveal or hide what is behind it. In addition, Miller intentionally wove this piece to show the signs of wear expected of an older textile.

Miller lives in Longmont, CO and received her MFA in Fibers from CSU. In addition, we would like to thank the Schacht Spindle Company in Boulder, CO for providing the equipment and materials to make this piece possible.

CSU Rides

Chris Gugelman

steel, recycled bicycle

Made from a recycled bicycle from CSU’s Ram Wheels Project, the sculpture honors the Fort Collins bike culture and commitment to sustainable transportation. Ram Wheels operated as a bike rental program in the early 2000s that made bikes available to CSU students. Today, Chris remains a Fort Collins resident and currently works in his family’s foundry, Madd Castings, in Berthoud, CO.

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