There’s Always Something Here is a space meant to modify our perceptions of the forest setting. The intent with the work is to encourage visitors to briefly pause and downshift their focus, to inhabit another scale, and try on a new perspective.
Environmental artist Michael McGillis is a Michigan native who received his BFA from the Center for Creative Studies in Detroit. He doesn’t necessarily work with one particular medium and his installations vary depending upon the site and circumstances. Some are whimsical, some make you wonder and some are simply beautiful. One seemingly consistent element in his land art is the use of vibrant colors (either painted, found naturally, or synthetic) brought into seemingly ordinary landscape. The colors are on objects that seem to represent what might have once been in a landscape, pointing out what is ordinary or what might be.
Michael McGillis is one of the featured environmental installations within the Trail Mix series, part of the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts, which runs Aug 11–20, 2017.
Click here for a map to Moonstone Trail.
DIRECTIONS TO MOONSTONE TRAIL
Biking/walking from Carter Park:
Start at the trail sign at the east end of the Northern parking lot and walk up trail to stairs. At the top of the stairs take a left and then a right onto Moonstone Trail and hike up trail for 20-30 minutes.
Driving from Carter Park:
From the Northern parking lot, next to the tennis courts, head north on High St. Take a left (west) on Jefferson Ave. and then turn left on French Street. Continue down French Street and then take a left onto Boreas Pass Road. Drive uphill until reaching County Road 503. Take a left on CR 503 (Just before Baldy Mtn. Rd.). Park on the side of road and walk down County Road 503. Look for the Moonstone Trailhead sign on the left (west) and follow this trail down for about 5 minutes.
From the west side parking lot, next to the elementary school, take a left onto French Street and then go straight until reaching Boreas Pass Road. Take a left on Boreas Pass Road. Drive uphill until reaching County Road 503. Park on the side of road and walk down County Road 503. Look for the Moonstone Trailhead sign on the left and follow this trail down for 5 minutes.
Bus from Breckenridge Station:
Take the pink route bus to the Cloud Cap Apartments (must request this stop with the bus driver). Walk down County Road 503. Look for the Moonstone Trailhead sign on the left (west) and follow this trail down for about 5 minutes.