Concepts for public art at intersection draw curious crowd

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Concepts for public art at intersection draw curious crowd

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Durango artist Bryce Pettit brought a 6-foot-tall bronze bear to an open house Friday at Ska Brewing World Headquarters for the public to review art concepts proposed for the U.S. Highway 550/160 intersection. Pettit’s concept revolves around 20 life-size bronze animals that would be installed in the narrow medians of the busy intersection.
The city is considering three public art installations at the Highway 550/160 intersection. “Common Threads” would be an installation of 15 to 30 large laser-cut metal panels installed along the medians that would feature textile-like patterns. Lead artist Allison Leigh Smith would develop the pieces based on artwork submitted by local residents.
Bryce Pettit would install 20 life-size animals including bear, deer, birds and fish on the medians. The foundation for the sculptures would be made of stacked landscape stones to symbolize the mountains and swooping lines of bent steel to symbolize the Animas River.
Cindy Atchison is proposing to create “And the River Rolls On” with 26 steel waves out of oxidized steel panels. The community would help design the shape of the waves and the symbols that would adorn them.

Concepts for public art at intersection draw curious crowd

Durango artist Bryce Pettit brought a 6-foot-tall bronze bear to an open house Friday at Ska Brewing World Headquarters for the public to review art concepts proposed for the U.S. Highway 550/160 intersection. Pettit’s concept revolves around 20 life-size bronze animals that would be installed in the narrow medians of the busy intersection.
The city is considering three public art installations at the Highway 550/160 intersection. “Common Threads” would be an installation of 15 to 30 large laser-cut metal panels installed along the medians that would feature textile-like patterns. Lead artist Allison Leigh Smith would develop the pieces based on artwork submitted by local residents.
Bryce Pettit would install 20 life-size animals including bear, deer, birds and fish on the medians. The foundation for the sculptures would be made of stacked landscape stones to symbolize the mountains and swooping lines of bent steel to symbolize the Animas River.
Cindy Atchison is proposing to create “And the River Rolls On” with 26 steel waves out of oxidized steel panels. The community would help design the shape of the waves and the symbols that would adorn them.
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