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Community Invited to Choose Favorite “Art for Awhile” Sculptures

Oct 01, 2019 07:38AM

By Kristen Beckman

They are made primarily of metal – bronze, aluminum, and stainless steel shaped and formed with a vision to convey emotion, movement, and life. One a bronze sculpture of two women walking happily arm in arm in friendship, another a geometric see-through heart with soft curves created by sharp angles, and yet another, a metal form that outlines space in the shape of a cowboy working his lasso.

These are this year’s submissions for Broomfield’s Art for Awhile program, which accepts sculptures on loan from artists across the country and displays them around the community for a year. Broomfield’s Public Art Committee received more than 50 entries this year and selected the final eight via a jury process, said Cheryl German, Cultural Affairs Operations Coordinator.

The chosen sculptures are on display until February 2020 in front of the 1STBANK Center, behind the Broomfield Library in Community Park, and in the garden of the North Metro Fire District Headquarters. 

This year, the committee is asking residents and visitors to vote for their favorite sculpture through a contest that will give three $1,000 awards to the sculptors who receive the most votes in three categories. The Broomfield’s Choice award will recognize the community’s favorite sculpture; the Children’s Choice award will recognize the favorite sculpture of voters under the age of 18; and the Media Award is a story on Broomfield’s Instagram feed where visitors can like their favorite sculpture. 

Ballots are available online at www.broomfieldpublicart.com as well as at several city locations and will be available at Broomfield Days. Voting ends November 1.

The year’s sculptures include:

  • Dropsy, by Ted Schaal, a polished stainless-steel orb surrounded by bronze panels inspired by the idea of pressure building between two walls.

  • Lucky Ducks, by Marianne Caroselli, a sweet life-sized and lifelike bronze sculpture of a young boy happily feeding ducks.

  • High Five, by Christine Knapp, a whimsical black bear made of bronze offering a friendly interaction with visitors.

  • Happy Dance, by Richard Pankratz, a bronze statue of two women walking arm in arm and enjoying a moment of friendship and happiness.

  • Storming West, by Justin Deister, a tall, cloud-capped structure designed to elevate awareness of our natural resources.

  • Discobolos, by Matt Babcock, a riff on the classical Greek discus thrower by Myron, which captures the energy contained in the twisted form of the athlete just before the throw.

  • Frontier: Catch, by Kimmerjae Macarus, a cowboy and his lasso created out of open space.

  • Low Poly Heart, by Matthew Duffy, an angular yet soft red and silver heart that allows the viewer to contemplate the inside and outside as well as the texture and form of the sculpture.

Art for Awhile was created by the Public Art Committee and approved by the Broomfield City Council in 2009. The goal of the program is to provide increased public exposure for artists as well as an opportunity to sell their work while strengthening community identity and enhancing community pride for people who live and work in the City and County of Broomfield. 

The city has purchased 11 sculptures from the Art for Awhile program and is committed to expanding its permanent art collection.