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Aurora Metro Center - John King and Ted EsselstynThe art at the Aurora Metro Center Station will feature a sculpture between the bus center and light rail station and a mural on the wall along Sable Boulevard just south of Alameda.
John King of Lyons, Colorado is the artist for the sculpture "Sunrise," a 16-foot diameter interactive solar disk with 24 turning wheels elevated two feet above the platform. He says thematic goals of the work include telling diverse stories about Aurora and creating all of these things:
John King creates large, tower-mounted, wind-powered kinetic artworks as public entertainment for parks and commercial areas. He also makes large interactive murals for indoor commercial spaces. His sculptures are on permanent display in the cities of Lone Tree, Westminster, Aurora, Boulder, Grand Junction, Greeley, and Littleton, Colorado.
"Story Wheels" by Ted Esselstyn of Higganum, Connecticut are 8-10 foot interactive disks placed above the Sable wall with an accent mural on the concrete below it.
Esselstyn left a career in medicine in 1997 to start a new career in the arts.
"Using a combination of the functional and the eclectic and using ordinary objects in extraordinary ways, I have tried to capture the audience's attention as they engage in ordinary activities, such as hanging up a coat or sitting in a waiting room. Through my work, I try to stimulate people to see their world-our world-in a slightly different way. Or at the very least, I hope to make them smile," he said.