Colorado Celebrates History Through Opening of Modernized State Museum; New Center Debuts Multi-Media, Arts-Centric Ground Floor

Steven Weitzman, Master of the multi-disciplinary approach to public art, is an award winning designer of urban spaces, nationally acclaimed artist and sculptor.

Brentwood, MD, March 18, 2012 --( On April 28th, 2012, the impact of history, the beauty of art and the wonders of technology will converge with the official opening of the History Colorado Center in Denver, CO; and designer of urban spaces, sculptor and nationally acclaimed public artist, Steven Weitzman, has literally laid the ground work for this $110-million mega-project. Replacing the former Colorado History Museum, the new and cutting-edge History Colorado Center is a 200,000-square foot museum which celebrates 10,000 years of Colorado and its people.

The History Colorado Center is a new Smithsonian Affiliate - the first to achieve such an association in the state of Colorado. The design and conceptual goals for the center were to provide visitors with a high-tech, multimedia experience that would effectively show and tell the rich story of the state. Operated by the Colorado Historical Society (CHS), the Center’s development aimed to bring Colorado into the modern era – and thus Steven Weitzman, and his talented and notable team, was brought in to be a part of its creation. For the museum’s atrium and entrance, CHS commissioned Weitzman to construct the 40-by-60-foot terrazzo floor, made completely out of FOTERA® terrazzo tiles to be installed in her “Great Hall.” Weitzman and his team handcrafted 234 tiles, each being 3’ X 3’ X 7/16” in size, with a tolerance of 5/1000 of an inch, and taking over 9000 man-hours, all of which comes together to form a dramatic, exciting, interactive, topographical map of the state.

Choosing Weitzman was an act of intertwining history and art, in itself – as the renowned artist began his career in the mid-70’s in Colorado. In the 1980s, Steven Weitzman, developed a unique process for casting terrazzo without metal dividers – and invented FOTERA®. The durable material is workable for indoor or outdoor installations — and can be used to create any image, with any color, at any scale. Weitzman has employed this elegant process in numerous projects throughout the United States.

Museum visitors will walk across the beautiful floor and get an authentic feel for Colorado’s landscape, as seen from 400 miles above the earth, as well as radio frequency identification tags creating hot-spots which will interactively engage the viewer with the state’s history. This innovative work of art is part of Colorado’s Art in Public Places program and is expected to be one of the museum’s most popular features. The new History Museum is located at 13th Avenue and Broadway in Denver.

As a testimony to the excellence of this project, Weitzman will be presented with the prestigious “Art Special Award” by the National Terrazzo and Mosaic Association (NTMA). This honor is reserved for firms, architects and designers who have made substantial achievements within the concrete and art industries. The NTMA is the industry’s leading trade organization. Steven and this work with the Center, will be recognized at an awards ceremony in 2012.

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Rita Lewis