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Vail seeking art for temporary outdoor display

Daily Staff Report
Vail CO, Colorado
Special to Daily"Water," by Jane DeDecker.

VAIL ” Vail’s Art In Public Places (AIPP) is seeking applications from artists and galleries wishing to display their outdoor sculptures in Vail. Six exterior sites are available in Vail Village and a new site is being prepared for the temporary display of art in Lionshead.

Art in Public Places initiated the Temporary Art Program in 1997. Currently, five gallery sponsored sculptures are displayed on town property. Claggett Rey Gallery leases four spaces on International Bridge to exhibit Jane DeDecker’s Elements series. Cogswell Gallery will soon be installing Melissa Cooper’s Water’s Edge, a large scale bronze sculpture depicting a bear, in front of the Squash Blossom on Gore Creek Drive.

AIPP Coordinator Leslie Fordham says the newly created space in Lionshead, across from the Double Diamond Ski Shop, was designed by Town of Vail landscape architects and can accommodate a sculpture with a 4-foot by 4-foot base.

“The spaces function like an outdoor art gallery and are highly visible,” Fordham said. “Applicants can choose from the existing list of sites or suggest one for AIPP to consider.”

The Town of Vail charges $1,000 to lease the space for one year. Proceeds help fund the Art in Public Places program.

“We always point out the sculptures to people on our Public Art Walking Tours and have received calls from potential purchasers,” Fordham said.

Interested artists or galleries should submit their application along with a photo of the work no later than Sept. 3. Artwork will be selected by the Art in Public Places Board on Sept. 8. Sculpture should be of the highest quality and mindful of public safety. For an application and list of sites, or for more information, contact Fordham at 970-479-2344. Applications are also available on-line at

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