In the last century, humanity has become a natural force that forges and is forged by the landscape it creates. Blue River is an installation by Giuseppe Licari (Rotterdam, Netherlands) and Gretchen Marie Schaefer (Denver, Colorado) inspired by the history of Breckenridge and the radical transformation of its rich physical and human landscape since the Gold Rush.

Licari turns the world upside down with a vast dredge rock field that fills the upstairs gallery and a blackened, still-smoking forest in the aftermath of a fire in the gallery below. In contrast, Schaefer presents delicate paper sculptures in consideration of the emotional relationships we build with a single rock collected from a riverside and placed in a pocket.

This exhibition is part of the Breckenridge International Festival of Arts (BIFA) from Aug 9–18, 2019. Giuseppe Licari’s residency and installations are supported through an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, part of BCA’s ‘Ecoventions Breckenridge’ project.

Photos courtesy MING Studios and Gretchen Marie Schaefer