Three finalists have been chosen in the competition to build the sculpture at the police substation in Three Springs. The final selection will be announced next week. The winning artist then will have several months to complete his piece before installing it this summer.
The artists presented their work to the public for comment Monday at the Durango Public Library.
The finalists are:•Preston Parrott is primarily a self-taught metal sculptor who lives near Durango. His untitled piece was designed as a community marker or a navigational point within Three Springs and a symbolic reminder of the community's interdependence with our public services.
The exterior is four curved sides of patinated steel. The core of it is made of copper-plated perforated metal. The outer structure resembles a flame, symbolizing an "eternal flame," the constant support the police department provides.
•James Van Liere is a structural engineer from Pagosa Springs. His piece is titled "The Icosa Peace Tower" and is designed to be a focal point. It is based on the work of Buckminster Fuller, the father of the geodesic dome. The icosahedron consists of six, chrome-plated pipes and 24 cables connected so all the pipes are in compression and all the cables are in tension. The equalization of the forces is analogous to a harmonious world in balance. The icosahedron is free to rotate on the shaft, resulting in a changing pattern of reflected sunlight.
•Kelly Hurford is an artist from Bayfield. His piece, titled "Even in the Hardest of Times, Life Will Grow" is a massive daisy made of reclaimed steel and standing 13 feet high. A bee, fabricated from pipe fittings and crusher screen, rests on the flower's pollen. The stem is a 4-inch pipe that was reclaimed from an oil field, and the back of the piece was constructed from a 55-gallon drum.
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