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Art salvaged in Vail Valley

Caramie Schnell
Vail, CO Colorado
Special to the Vail Daily/Rebecca Hollister

VAIL VALLEY, Colorado –It takes a special artist to see art hiding inside old Vail Valley construction materials – cabinet knobs, toilets, gutters, windows, doors and more.

Local resident Claude Seeman saw a spinning windmill when he looked at rebar – metal stakes used to reinforce concrete – at the Recon salvage yard on Thursday afternoon. He’ll use the rebar to build the windmill’s tower, he said.

Recon is hosting an “Everything Must Go Snow Sale,” where materials will be steeply discounted, at the yard today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Organizers are hosting a mixed-media art competition, called Recon Revival, in conjunction with the sale. Organizers are asking people register for the competition by today, though registration may be accepted into next week if space is still available.

“We just thought it would be something fun to do,” said organizer and Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability board member Rebecca Hollister.

The Alliance runs Recon as a way to divert surplus and gently used building materials from the landfill.

“It will be an opportunity to showcase local artists work for a longer period of time and doing a mixed-media competition is different from the norm. And it’s an unusual angle having people use building materials to come up with their art.”

The only guideline for the contest is that people have to use materials from Recon as the focal point of their piece. They can use anything else they’d like in addition.

Hollister hopes the contest will generate more publicity for the new retail storefront in Eagle. The board met earlier this week and decided to lease space in the old Santa Fe Furniture location on the corner of Highway 6 and Broadway in Eagle.

“Our current location, just outside the Eagle County landfill, is not conducive to increasing sales or preventing enough useable construction material from reaching the waste stream,” according to a press release released last week from the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability.

Artists will have around two months to work on their pieces.

In January a grand re-opening reception will be held at Recon’s new location, with the Recon Revival creations taking center stage. A public vote will be held, with first, second and third place winners awarded, and each piece will be available for sale via silent auction. Twenty percent of the proceeds will benefit Recon and the rest of the money will go to the artist.

And if all goes well, Seeman’s windmill will be on display outside of the new location.

High Life Editor Caramie Schnell can be reached at 970-748-2984 or

What: Recon Revival, mixed-media art competition

Where: Register and pick up supplies at the “Everything Must Go Snow Sale” at the Recon salvage yard today. Recon is located a few miles north of Wolcott on Highway 131. There will be signs for the landfill and Recon.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday

Cost: Registration is free. Cost for materials varies but will be deeply discounted during today’s sale.

More information: Registration may be taken after the date if space is still available. Call 970-471-4222 or visit

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