Created and Sold by Mel Ristau

Mel Ristau

Communities of Light

Item details

An early integration suspended kinetic sculpture for Colorado State University Rockwell School of Business Building atrium
20 x 17 x 17’ (H,W,D)
Weight: 350 lbs (distributed over 5 suspension points)
Specific Media/Materials: stainless steel, aluminum, glass
Style: Abstract
The concept for this work began as I learned of the school’s unique education of students for outreach to communities and individuals in third world countries—Paul Polak’s, “Out of Poverty” being a significant influence. The character of such a mission suggested a welcoming, interconnected life form, a spirit of growth, and visual emphasis on connecting points (the college’s social mission). An organic model of business
interactions both within a vibrant student community and within global business communities and blooming with color and transparency at points of contact, the concept seemed to offer an appropriate visual narrative.

“Mel approaches each design opportunity with incredible thoughtfulness and professionalism. He integrates his art gracefully into the surrounding architecture, and both of his installations at CSU, Communities of Light and The Fabric of Knowledge, have received high praise from the campus community.”
Maddy Yovanoff, LEED AP, Colorado State University

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Mel Ristau

Meet the Creator

A native of the Louisiana Gulf Coast, studio Northern Colorado since 2001.

My day-to-day includes dialog with other professionals on interior sculpture of monumental scale as well as periods of quiet building smaller scale, personal work.

My work is about being alive within and moving through the mesh of our cultural, natural and social worlds. It ranges over such themes as the quality of materials, what it means to make things and the experiences of light, space and mystery. The sculptures that I make are the result of play and the interplay of structure, color, movement, balance and refined craft.