Durango will say goodbye to the Arc of History

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Durango will say goodbye to the Arc of History

Artist estimated $38,000 to repair vandalized work

Arc of History Decommissioned

Arc of History timeline

July 2014: Arc of History installed.
October 2014: dinosaur head appears on sculpture.
November 2014: teen bandits pilfer dinosaur head and then turn it over to police, and it is claimed by artist Benjamin Foisel. Resident Karen Zink bids $5,000 on dino head in auction, money is donated to Durango Arts Center.
February 2015: Chinese dragon head appears on sculpture, which is removed by police.
March 2015: replica ‘arcs’ appear alongside sculpture.
April 2015: egg nest appears beneath Arc.
May 2015: baby dinos appear to have hatched.
July 2015: sculpture substantially damaged by vandals.
August 2015: Durango Public Art Commission agrees to restore Arc.
March 2016: Easter eggs and bunnies appear under sculpture.
July 26: Durango Public Art Commission votes to remove Arc.

Durango will say goodbye to the Arc of History

The city of Durango installed Tom Holmes’ Arc of History sculpture in 2014. The $28,000 piece of public art at the U.S. Highway 550/160 intersection was the target of controversy and hijinks. The sculpture was decorated as a dinosaur and dragon. In July 2015, vandals inflicted serious damage. This week, the city’s Public Art Commission decided to remove the Arc rather than pursue repairs.
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