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Mark Bueno - Betrothed To The Unknown

@Thundercloud Park

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Thundercloud Park sits atop a buried water storage tank and provides a panoramic view of the entire metro area and front range with an elevation of 5574 feet. I believe the name refers to the summer afternoon thunderclouds that roll over the metro area from the front range usually moving eastward to the plains.  It was funded by a 1974 Park Bond election, dedicated in 1975, and is one of nine water storage tanks in Arvada.

I moved into the area in 2013 and live in the Hackberry Hill Neighborhood north of the park.  I take my family there often for picnics and playtime.  I immediately noticed remnants of a small rudimentary compass rose and fading yellow circular running track lines.  At the time, I thought it was a wonderful idea and that it would soon disappear.  Now, in 2021, it is unnoticeable and mostly forgotten.

The invite to participate in the LandMark Project was an opportunity I could not pass up.  I immediately knew what I wanted to do. I wanted to make a new and more prominent compass rose; it would bring many benefits to the community.  Its educational value, the promotion of conversation about the surrounding areas, and a location that can act as an ideal meeting place.  I also wanted to incorporate larger than life geometric shapes and pathways that people could follow for exercise and play.  With a circumference at approximately 785 feet, it gives visitors the chance to view distant locations and discover or rediscover sites both near and far.


LandMark: Arvada
  1. Nathan Hall - Chime Walk II
  2. Yoshitomo Saito - Bamboo Boy & Bamboo Girl
  3. Judy Gardner - Nesting Crane
  4. Patrick Maxcy - Safe Haven
  5. Mark Bueno - Betrothed To The Unknown
  6. Emily Grace King - False Shield
  7. Mindy Bray - Meander
  8. Jesse Mathes - From Thirty Inches to Six Feet
  9. Corrina Espinosa - Majestic Beasties
  10. Nikki Pike - Apology to JB
  11. Nancy Lovendahl - INTERCESSIONS 16 (Amour)
  12. Collin Parson - Moiré Tower #8a (from the Interference Series)
  13. Patrick Marold - Shadow Line