High Altitude Society: Art in Public Places hosts artist reception
VAIL — On Tuesday, Dec. 8, in the newly remodeled Vail Village Welcome Center overlooking the iconic view up Bridge Street, the town of Vail’s Art in Public Places held a reception in honor of the project team and sculpture artist Paul Vexler. Art in Public Places coordinator Molly Eppard greeted guests and introduced Vexler and his work.
“We did a call to artists to submit site-specific proposals to be installed in this space,” she said. “Paul’s work ‘Red Eddy,’ created out of Douglas fir wood, was selected from over 40 artists’ proposals from around the country. I wanted to congratulate Paul and thank him for all of his work.”
The striking suspended art sculpture that now hangs over the information desk in the remodeled Welcome Center is the result of Vexler’s lifetime of work in construction and architecture. In Vexler’s artist statement, he shares, “35 years of building and manufacturing experience has taught me a lot about design integrity, accuracy and efficiency during fabrication.”
Vexler is especially grateful that his work will be appreciated by the masses.
“I am interested in working on public art projects for a few reasons,” he said. “I like large-scale projects, and I enjoy working with a variety of people to get the job done. I believe that I feel a greater sense of worth as an artist, knowing my work is being enjoyed by the entire community.”
Vail Mayor Dave Chapin addressed the crowd and thanked the Welcome Center’s Bobby Bank and Mark Christie for their patience during the remodel and art installation.
‘A Wonderful Piece’
“This is a wonderful piece, and as I look at it from all these different angles, I have so many interpretations of it,” Chapin said. “Now, we have two welcome centers that I am sure that everyone can be proud of in town. We are thrilled that we could bring this space up to a world-class level. This is what our guests expect. Now we have given them a project that we can be proud of.”
The town of Vail would like to recognize the remodel team of Kim Toms, Slifer Designs, for fixed finishes and furnishings; Henry Pratt, GPLS, architect; GE Johnson, general contractor; and, of course, Vexler, http://www.paulvexler.com. The team at Slifer Designs was thrilled with the outcome of the space.
“The TOV has said that many people have inquired about renting the space for small-venue events because the views are amazing and the space is really beautiful,” said Heidi Krzebletke, of Slifer Designs. “Visits are up significantly over years past, and locals are encouraged to bring their visitors to the Welcome Center to learn something new.”
For more information, visit http://www.vailgov.comwelcome-centers.
Betty Ann Woodland is a long-time local who covers social events of all kinds including fundraisers, local happenings and soirees of all kinds.