Did you know that in 2012 Colorado Springs had 55 pieces of original public art in the downtown area from artists all over the country? If you’ve admired the beautiful and unique sculptures in downtown Colorado Springs and wondered where they came from and the artists behind them make sure to read this brochure (PDF) that is put out every year by various downtown businesses and organizations.
The sculptures range from the very popular and much photographed light bulb that is sculpted of steel and solar powered light and currently lives on Cascade Avenue,Watts New, by artist Dale Pittock of Woodland Park to the striking Appaloosa sculpted of stainless steel and aluminum by artist Jim Collins of Signal Mountain, Tennessee.
The artists used mediums including: steel, powder coated steel, reclaimed mahogany, fiberglass, Colorado white marble, paint, acrylic stucco and more to transform the downtown area into a public art gallery. And why public art? Artists chose to display their sculpture in a public setting for many reasons.
Some say their goal is to create conversations, inspire other creative projects and artists, expose more people to art or engage the public response. For many cities public art enhances the downtown area and prompts more tourists and visits to local businesses which of course stimulates the local economy.
2013 marks the 15th year that various local organizations, businesses and nonprofits bring this wonderful taste of art and culture to the downtown area and since touring the sculptures costs nothing but your time consider a walking tour. If you’re an artist or know an artist that might be interested in participating the entry deadline this year is 3/4/13. And look for the opening reception of the new Colorado Springs Art on the Streets 2013 on June 21, 2013. Not only does AOTS make our downtown area more beautiful but it gives visitors and locals a glimpse of the talented artists in our region and from around the country.
What do you think? What does public art do for you? Have you seen all of the public art downtown?