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A mother and her young son hug while standing on an outdoor terrace at the Clyfford Still Museum
Clyfford Still Museum West Terrace before plants were removed, photo by James Dewhirst

Abstract Expressions: Terrace Installation


Watch our terraces evolve over the next few seasons as we prepare for Abstract Expressions, a sound and garden installation envisioned by composer and artist Nathan Hall in collaboration with Kevin Philip Williams, assistant curator and horticulturist at the Denver Botanic Gardens. This multi-year collaboration between CSM and its various communities seeks to honor the important prairies of Still’s life and provide a fundamental connection with Denver by creating an interdisciplinary sense of place. It is the first time the Museum has reconceptualized the terraces since opening in 2011.

Inspired by CSM’s art and archival holdings, Hall’s original sound compositions will be cued by visitor presence on the terrace. Garden preparation includes the addition of soil media specially designed for use on green roofs and Denver Botanic Gardens’ cultivation of various plant species native to both Denver and the prairie areas where Still spent his childhood. Sound installation and planting will take place in spring 2023.

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West Terrace during plant deinstallation fall 2022