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Vail: Art will be easy to spot this summer

Melanie Wong
Vail, CO Colorado

VAIL, Colorado ” Vail, Colorado will get an infusion of art in its parks and villages this spring, including a steel sculpture loaned from the Denver Art Museum.

The sculpture, called “228.5 degrees Arc x 5”, is by French artist Bernar Venet, and will be displayed in Ford Park beginning May 27. Vail usually has a sculpture exhibition in Ford Park for the summer, featuring local artists and works from Vail galleries.

“We’re always looking to elevate the level of the exhibition,” said Leslie Fordham, coordinator for Vail’s Art in Public Places board. “This piece was able to be displayed outside, and it has a lot of presence.”

Vail will have the sculpture on loan for a year.

The town will kick off the summer season with a summer solstice celebration on June 20. The event will feature tours through the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, and a painting contest featuring the Venet sculpture.

The winner of the contest will have their painting displayed in Vail International Gallery for a week.

Vail Village’s International Bridge will also get a new look with four new pieces from Dallas-sculptor George Tobolowsky. Tobolowsky specializes in metal works made from twisted pieces of metal collected in scrap yards, Fordham said.

The sculptures will replace the existing sculptures on the four corners of the bridge, which depict four women that represent earth, wind, fire and water.

The artist is also displaying a smaller, table-sized work for the Bravo! Vail Valley Music Festival benefit auction, and Masters Gallery in Vail will also display some of Tobolowsky’s smaller pieces.

The western entry to Vail Village on Meadow Drive will also get some embellishment. Two large steel “lanterns” by a Fort Collins sculptor will flank the street’s entryway as part of the town’s streetscape improvements.

The lanterns have a steel base, with a bronze body. The four faces of the lantern will depict the four elements. The pieces are partially funded by the Vail Plaza Hotel.

Also look out for the reappearance of Jesus Moroles’ granite sculpture. The work used to be displayed in Vail Village’s Seibert Circle and was replaced earlier this season with the new water-and-fire fountain. Moroles will visit Vail in May to look at sites to relocate his work ” Ford Park is one option, said Fordham.

Fordham said that in addition to the summer art events and attractions, the town is working with the community to make Ford Park more of a cultural district. The town would like to display more art in the park, and it is also working on renovating an old storage building in the park with the help of East West Partners.

The idea is to turn the building, constructed in the 1920s, into an “art shack” that could be used for art classes, displays and receptions.

“We hear about cultural tourism, and with our farmer’s market, Bravo! concerts and art displays, it’s a reality in Vail,” Fordham said.

Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or

– Summer art walks ” take a guided walk through the village to see Vail’s public art works. The tours will also go through local galleries, where visitors can look at featured art and nibble on appetizers. Schedules for the walks will be annocunced at a later date.

– Lantern dedication ” Metal sculptures that will flank the Meadow Drive entryway will be dedicated on July 3. Mayor Dick Cleveland will preside over the public dedication of the pieces.

– Metal casting workshop ” Design your own bell, and watch a metal artist cast the bells in Ford Park. The workshop will be from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on July 26. The cost is $30. To sign up, contact Leslie Fordham at or 970-479-2344.

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