Today, the Colorado Springs Business Journal released an article outlining the relationship between the town of Green Mountain Falls and Christian Keesee, chairman of Kirkpatrick Bank and Kirkpatrick Oil Co.
The last several years, we've covered one of Keesee's donations to the town, the Green Box Arts Festival, in which artists, performers, musicians and the like gather to install artwork, perform and give classes. Sadly, this year's fest was canceled due to the Waldo Canyon Fire.
In happier news, Keesee is planning to bring a piece from his personal art collection to GMF next summer. The installation, called "Cloud City" by Tomás Saraceno, is currently on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Visitors walk through a series of geometric modules outfitted with mirrors, glass and other reflective materials to showcase the city skyline (watch a slideshow of its installation here). One can imagine it's something akin to Anish Kapoor's "Cloud Gate," Chicago's "silver bean" sculpture in Millenium Park that lovingly reflects the skyscrapers.
Thus, "Cloud City" could mean a lot of attention for GMF. As the CSBJ piece goes, "Cloud City could bring thousands of visitors to Green Mountain Falls, [Chris Frandina, town clerk and treasurer] said. No one, she added, is nervous about the quiet town being discovered."
Keesee has invested even more in the town through his foundation, converting dilapidated parts into functioning ventures, including hotels, artist studios and even purchasing open space to preserve the trail system there. Read more about it, and Keesee, here.