Vail ceremony celebrates new Meadow Drive art
VAIL, Colorado –A public ceremony to celebrate the installation of two new sculptures on East Meadow Drive will be held at 3 p.m. Friday in Vail Village. The bronze and weathered steel sculptures have been created especially for Vail by Colorado artist James G. Moore. Mayor Dick Cleveland will officiate at the ceremony that will recognize the artist, those who helped select the artwork and Vail Plaza Hotel’s financial contribution to the project.
Located on East Meadow Drive near the Vail Road intersection, the sculptures mark the west entry to Vail Village. The commission was the result of a request from the Meadow Drive businesses for a landmark to help identify the start of Vail Village. Vail’s Art in Public Places facilitated the artist selection process and a jury comprised of Vail business owners and residents recommended Moore’s proposal for commission. The sculptures cost approximately $59,000 with Vail Plaza Hotel paying $35,000 as part of its requirement to contribute to neighborhood improvements.
Titled “Eight,” the 15-foot tall sculptures are topped with multi-sided bell-shaped bronze lanterns. At night, light from energy-efficient LED’s emanates from the perforations in the bronze panels creating a bright and artful welcome to Vail Village. Each of the panels has a unique design and patina that represents the artist’s impression of Vail’s winter and summer environments. The artist has advised that the patinas will become richer with exposure to the elements.
Five of James G. Moore’s large scale bell sculptures were the focus of the 2008 Summer of Sculpture exhibition in Ford Park. The artist lives on a small ranch near Ft. Collins and gets his inspiration from nature. His sculptures often take the form of bells with surfaces that depict animals and western scenes. The sculptures made for Vail are one-of-a kind and the artist’s first public art commission.
Vail International Gallery, also on East Meadow Drive, is hosting a reception following the brief ceremony, to meet the artist and see more examples of his work. Both the ceremony and the reception are free and reservations are not required. For more information about the artwork or the ceremony call 970-479-2344. For additional information about the reception, call gallery director Marc LeVarn at Vail International Gallery, 970-476-2525.
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