Ford Park backdrops an eclectic mix of large-scale sculptures by artists from across the state and nation through Sept. 6. The art is scattered along the recreation path between the picnic pavilion and the old school house west of the Alpine Gardens.
“I like the temporary nature of the exhibition. That it’s just there for the summer. It might not be to everybody’s taste, but we can be a little new, different, a little bit funky. And then it goes away,” Leslie Fickling, town of Vail’s Art in Public Places coordinator, said.
Two local artists are featured: Jim Cotter and Gordon Westerberg. Cotter’s “Table Dancer” explores the theme of balance and gesture, revealing Cotter’s playful outlook on art and life. Westerberg’s “Endless Possibilities” is a tall, lean stone mass topped with a shape Westerberg likens to the Chinese coin. The sculpture is natural and tactile. Works by Barbara Baer, Mark A. Guilbeau and Pard Morrison are also displayed.
Fickling wants viewers to vote on their favorite sculpture. Tool around Ford Park and discover each pieces’ characteristics, if one strikes you, vote for it. The exhibition ends Labor Day, and all artwork is for sale.
Art in Public Places program was established in 1992 to promote and encourage the development and public awareness of the visual arts. For more information, call 479-2344.
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