PROMISE, powder coated steel, 16’ x 16’ x 9’

The sphere has represented life, as an icon, since the beginning of time. I have taken this form and added the concentric circles to symbolize the rings of a tree. A tree is a symbol of strength, endurance and hope.

The solidity and grace of the form conveys a spirituality that is non-denominational. The open circle in the center of the sculpture allows the sun’s rays to pass through.

The wedge that is cut into the piece helps to focus the light, like a beam, penetrating the shadow. This wedge suggests the strength of healing against the darkness.

Rafe Ropek Berthoud, CO

Professional Vita

Public artist, 1987-present
Art consultant, T-REX Project, Rapid Transit of Denver, Colorado, 2003-present

Selected Public Installations

DAWN FOUNTAIN and THE SUNSHELL, Plaza of the Sun, Aurora Municipal Center, Colorado
Municipal Axis, Civic Center, Ft. Collins, Colorado
Public seating for Sculpture Garden, Lincoln Center, Ft. Collins, Colorado
Kinetic atrium sculpture, Loveland Public Library, Colorado
Colorado Symbols Fence, State Capitol, Denver, completion date 2006

Selected Collections

Valmont Park, City of Boulder, Colorado
Aurora Sports Park, Colorado
Poudre Valley Hospital, Ft. Collins, Colorado


BFA, Boston School of Fine Arts, Massachusetts
Art Students League of New York, New York City

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10/14/2005 Design by Jason Hayden and Gary A. Adams

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