New Art on the Streets exhibit takes over downtown Colorado Springs

By Jen Mulson Updated: July 8, 2017 at 10:01 am • Published: July 6, 2017 0
photo - "Double Bench III (Basics)," wood by Matthias Neumann, Brooklyn, N.Y., $6,000. Photo credit: Mike Pach
"Double Bench III (Basics)," wood by Matthias Neumann, Brooklyn, N.Y., $6,000. Photo credit: Mike Pach

Out with the old, and in with the new: The always anticipated sculptures in the annual Art on the Streets are now on display.

Although the exhibit doesn't have an official theme, one seemed to break through.

"A common thread that runs through the pieces we chose this year is thinking about issues of community," said Joy Armstrong, curator of modern and contemporary art at the Fine Arts Center. She and fellow juror Tim Vacca, director of programs at Englewood's Museum of Outdoor Arts, selected the 11 new sculptures that will adorn downtown streets through next May. "That's what I believe public art can and should do - bring joy and enliven public spaces and, of course, to create a dialogue."

A public launch party, with free walking tours of the exhibit and music in Acacia Park, is July 7.

Sculptures on display

Armstrong revealed why she and Vacca selected each piece:

"Threshold VII," granite, cast glass, steel by Steven Durow, Salisbury, Md., $12,000. Photo credit: Mike Pach 

1. "Threshold VII," granite, cast glass, steel by Steven Durow, Salisbury, Md., $12,000

Located: Northwest corner of Boulder and Tejon streets

"It's exactly the same type of work you'd find represented in a museum or gallery, which I think raises an interesting question when you're thinking about public art - whether it's equivalent to the type of work you'd experience in a museum. This is that."

"Aspires," locally-harvested wildfire pine, welded steel by Mitchell Dillman, Colorado Springs, $4,500. Photo credit: Mike Pach 

2. "Aspires," locally harvested wildfire pine, welded steel by Mitchell Dillman, Colorado Springs, $4,500

Located: Tree well outside Colorado Co-Op, 315 N. Tejon St.

"It's a depiction of the ways in which the community has come together to recover from tragedy and transform these events into something beautiful, creative and interesting."

"Double Bench III (Basics)," wood by Matthias Neumann, Brooklyn, N.Y., $6,000. Photo credit: Mike Pach 

3. "Double Bench III (Basics)," wood by Matthias Neumann, Brooklyn, N.Y., $6,000

Located: West entry to City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave.

"From morning to afternoon and as the seasons change, the experience of the piece will be dramatically different in the way it casts dramatic shadows. It creates an intimate meeting space that we hope will offer a spot for friends or strangers to interact ..."

"Love is the Answer," powder-coated steel by Sandy Friedman, Colorado Springs, $7,600. Photo credit: Mike Pach 

4. "Love is the Answer," powder-coated steel by Sandy Friedman, Colorado Springs, $7,600

Located: Southwest corner of Nevada Avenue and Kiowa Street, north side of Downtown Transit Center, 107 E. Kiowa St.

"The piece was created in response to the Planned Parenthood shootings. It presents a positive message of asking what do we need to do to prevent these things from happening and to heal from tragic events like this."

"Affirmation Station," aluminum, plastic, electronics by Timothy Flood, Denver, $8,000. Photo credit: Mike Pach 

5. "Affirmation Station," aluminum, plastic, electronics by Timothy Flood, Denver, $8,000

Located: Southwest corner of Nevada Avenue and Kiowa Street, north side of Downtown Transit Center, 107 E. Kiowa St.

"When we think about public art, it has an interactive component, it has a multimedia component, it's not a static piece of art. It invites people to participate in the creation of the work of art. This piece will make a lot of people really happy, and that's something pretty special."

"Nothing Greater Than/Less Than Love," powder-coated steel by Joshua Kennard, Colorado Springs, $10,000. Photo credit: Mike Pach 

6. "Nothing Greater Than/Less Than Love," powder-coated steel by Joshua Kennard, Colorado Springs, $10,000

Located: Concrete area behind flagpoles on south side of Pikes Peak Avenue between Cascade Avenue and Tejon Street.

"This piece asks the viewer to think more actively about important questions that matter to everyone on some level and to think about what it is we care about as individuals and as a community and how we can spread this message of love and positivity to the benefit of ourselves and those around us."

"Prickly Pear in Bloom," metal, acrylic, solar by Tiffany Matheson, Denver, $9,600. Photo credit: Mike Pach 

7. "Prickly Pear in Bloom," metal, acrylic, solar by Tiffany Matheson, Denver, $9,600

Located: South median of Nevada Avenue at Pikes Peak Avenue, in front of The Mining Exchange, a Wyndham Grand Hotel and Spa, 8 S. Nevada Ave.

"It's just a lot of fun and will enliven the landscape both day and night, which I think is terrific, too. Not every piece of art has to have a deep philosophical message. The artist has powered the work using solar power. There's a fun underlying environmental message as well."

"I Have Been Dreaming to Be a Tree," stainless steel wire by Byeong Doo Moon, Gwangju-si, Republic of Korea, $70,000. Photo credit: Mike Pach 

8. "I Have Been Dreaming to Be a Tree," stainless steel wire by Byeong Doo Moon, Gwangju-si, Republic of Korea, $70,000

Located: North median of Cascade Avenue at Colorado Avenue

"It's incredibly dramatic ... It's a large-scale animal that we're very familiar with, but to have a beautiful animal be depicted in unexpected materials in a surrealistic dreamy sort of way, it's a delightful surprise to find."

"The Conference Table," steel, bronze by Frank Morbillo, Tesuque, NM, $19,000. Photo credit: Mike Pach 

9. "The Conference Table," steel, bronze by Frank Morbillo, Tesuque, N.M., $19,000

Located: East entry to El Paso County Courthouse, 270 S. Tejon St.

"We're hoping the piece will provide a roundtable, a place for conversation, for meeting and at the same time it alludes to the natural environment."

"Torch," aluminum, steel, industrial paint by Ty Gillespie, Paonia, $6,500. Courtesy. Photo credit: Mike Pach 

10. "Torch," aluminum, steel, industrial paint by Ty Gillespie, Paonia, $6,500

Located: Median of Nevada Avenue and Costilla Street.

"This is one of the few kinetic sculptures this year and also a purely abstract piece. There's something that invites people to touch it, and it will respond to touch and to changes in wind and the environment."

"Breathe," hand-tinted cast translucent resin by Joan Benefiel, Brooklyn, N.Y., $27,000. Photo credit: Mike Pach 

11. "Breathe," hand-tinted cast translucent resin by Joan Benefiel, Brooklyn, N.Y., $27,000

Located: Northwest corner of Tejon and Moreno streets

"There's something luminescent about the piece and the way it captures light. There's something heroic and triumphant about it, too. The human figure is much larger than life but captures the power and beauty of human spirit and our imaginations as well."

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