Klopfenstein Amphitheater for the Performing Arts

Marion, IA

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Landscape Architecture Overview:

Celebrating the art of nature and performance, the design team, which included artists, landscape architects, and lighting designers, developed an amphitheater that emulates its surroundings while creating both art and a place for art. The stage is nestled into the surrounding topography while the canopy rises above the stage, creating a unique and intimate place to perform. Located directly north of the Art and Environmental Center, the amphitheater will serve both small and large events. The amphitheater is patterned after a series of oak leaves, and is a one-of-a-king facility in the state of Iowa.

Art Studio Overview:

The unique performance venue functions in many ways. The dynamic cantilever, anchored in bedrock over 30 feet deep, extends over 60 feet in length, reaching out to create a powerful perspective for the audience. Based on indigenous bur oaks, the monumental sculptural canopy represents a contemporary expression of the American Arts and Crafts Movement, recalling period Tiffany ornamentation and Dirk Van Erp copper lamps. Made of over 60 tons of Corten weathering steel, the amphitheater also incorporates state-of-the-art LED lighting, native limestone, and Italian mosaic glass tile. The tile frieze that wraps the stage depicts a “prairie fire” of complimentary color and texture.

  • CLIENT: Marion, Iowa
  • COMPLETE: June 2013
  • SIZE:
    3 Acres
    • 2015 Collaboration of Design + Art Worx (CODAworx) - Spotlight on Outstanding Design + Art Professionals - 2015
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