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#ArtintheMeadows Passport

Explore the deep connection between art and nature throughout our 40 acres. Between 1953 and 1973, Herbert Bayer wove outdoor walkways through his landscape architecture (known as “earthworks”) to connect lodging and meeting spaces, reminding the visitor of their relationship with nature, mind, and body. With our resort grounds rich in architecture and outdoor sculptures, can you find the most instagrammable works of art outlined below?

Don’t forget to tag @aspenmeadowsresort as you complete the passport to be featured on our social channels. Post in front of the art installations below using the hashtag #ArtintheMeadows to win the following prizes.

  • Post (1) art walk image/video tagging @aspenmeadowsresort and receive a coupon for one complimentary regular size coffee or tea drink of your choice at our new Meadows Café.
  • Post (2) art walk images/videos tagging @aspenmeadowsresort and receive a coupon to enjoy 15% off your dining experience at West End Social.
  • Post (3) art walk images/videos tagging @aspenmeadowsresort and receive a coupon to enjoy 20% off your dining experience at West End Social.

    Note, our actual profile must be tagged (not just geo location tags). Exclusions may apply to discounts and offers and are subject to change.




1 Anaconda

Herbert Bayer hand-selected the Carrara marble from Central Italy for this monumental seven-piece geometric sculpture. Anaconda was first installed in the foyer of Atlantic Richfield’s Anaconda building in Denver, Colorado in 1978. The Aspen Institute acquired the sculpture from the Denver Art Museum in 2017. This is the first time Anaconda has been exhibited since 1995.

2 Sgraffito Wall

Made by Herbert Bayer in 1953, using a technique Bayer learned from Wassily Kandinsky in the Bauhaus, this outdoor mural (located on the south side of the Koch building) shows Bayer’s fascination with the shifts and undulations of the earth's surface. A photograph of the work in progress is seen inside the Koch Seminar Building

3 Geodesic Dome

Buckminster Fuller’s 36 foot-diameter dome was designed for the 1952 International Design Conference and later used as a cover for the Aspen Meadows pool. This unique climate controlled device was fitted with a semi-spherical canvas, later re-canvased and restored in 2012.

4 Anderson Park

Designed in 1973, Anderson Park was one of Bayer’s final creations on campus. It was dedicated in honor of the Institute’s second President, Robert O. Anderson. Bayer intended for visitors to interact with the mounds; he invited people to climb, play, sit, meditate or just relax on the elevated berms. Anderson Park is a special venue for weddings and events.

5 Marble Garden

With the assistance of Elizabeth Paepcke, Bayer created this garden in 1955 using nineteen pieces of marble reclaimed from Marble, Colorado, a quarry near Aspen. The garden offers harmonious perspectives of shadow patterns and asymmetric spatial relationships.

6 Stone River

Built in 2007 in collaboration with architect Jeff Berkus, renowned British artist Andy Goldsworthy’s red sandstone, serpentine wall winds into and through the Doerr-Hosier Center. Goldsworthy combined sandstone chosen from areas of conflict around the world -- as well as local Colorado sandstone -- to make a wall of unity, rather than division.

7 Kaleidoscreen

Finished in 1957, this Bayer piece was originally placed near the edge of the swimming pool and could manipulate wind flow and sunlight/shade to the pool as a cranking device manually rotated the seven aluminum louvers. Bayer designed the Kaleidoscreen so that it would function both practically and aesthetically.

8 The Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies

Bonus: Stop into the Resnick Center for Herbert Bayer Studies to learn more about the art and legacy of Herbert Bayer. Open Tuesday–Saturday from 12–5 p.m. The exhibition center is complimentary to the public.



Art in the Meadows Passport Map