Durango sculptor Preston Parrott's 12-foot-high steel abstract has been chosen for a $15,000 grant from the city of Durango. It will be erected this summer at the police substation in Three Springs.This is the biggest piece Parrott has undertaken by a couple of feet.
The width will be 9 to 10 feet.
Parrott said Wednesday at the Herald's offices that he meant the interdependence between the differently colored interior and exterior pieces of his work to symbolize the interdependence between public service and the community.
He has chosen perforated, copper-plated steel for the interior "so the light will bounce around and create a moiré effect." The outer structure will be a semi-gloss black patinated with chemicals to bring out amber and yellow glints.
Parrott added that the rods through the middle of the work don't refer to jail.
"I meant them to mean expansiveness," he said. "But people have mentioned the jail."
He will order the material from local supplier Animal Steel.
Parrott describes himself as a largely self-taught artist.
He went to high school at The Mississippi Boarding School for Mathematics and Science in Austin, Texas, and continued studying biology at the University of Texas in the same city.
Parrott worked in technology in Austin and works here as a project manager at Lore International, a Korn/Ferry Company on Main Avenue.
He took a six-week course in metalwork in Austin, where he learned to work with wire and rods, but has taught himself sheet metalwork, welding and patinas.
He moved to Durango nearly five years ago "because I just wanted a change, and I fell in love with Durango," he said.