What’s the future for ‘Einstein’?
VAIL — Einstein’s here to stay.
The town of Vail’s Art in Public Places program issued an official thank you to the Sitzmark Vail on Tuesday for donating the bronze sculpture “Einstein” by Gary Lee Price to the town’s public art collection. The work, which is a part of the artist’s “Great Contributors Series,” has graced Gore Creek Drive for many years and is one of the most photographed sculptures in Vail.
“Once we put ‘Einstein’ in front of the Sitzmark, it was extremely popular. We want to make sure it remains in the public for all to enjoy,” said Bob Fritch, of the Sitzmark Vail.
Unless there are some unforeseen circumstances, “this is exactly where the sculpture will remain — where it has for so many years,” said Molly Eppard, Vail’s Art in Public Places coordinator.
Art in Public Places board chair Kathy Langenwalter called the sculpture iconic in the town of Vail.
“The donation exemplifies the community spirit and generosity Helen and Bob Fritch have brought to Vail from its beginning,” Langenwalter said. “We are most grateful to have it as part of our collection.”
‘IMAGINATION OVER KNOWLEDGE’
Price graduated from the University of Utah in 1981 with a degree in painting and drawing. Ten years later he was accepted as a member of the National Sculpture Society. In 2001 he received the “Governor’s Mansion Artist Award” from Utah’s Governor for his outstanding support of the arts. Today, his works can be found in numerous public and private collections throughout the world.
“Other than Einstein’s eccentricities and ability to think out of the box, his quote that has won great favor with me for many years is ‘Imagination is more important than knowledge,’” Price said of his inspiration for the piece. “I have always been excited by the sheer visual richness of Einstein; his hair, facial features and casual attire. I wanted to portray this in a very approachable, inviting, come have a chat with a genius kind of gesture. In studying Einstein’s life, I was equally impressed with his efforts and desire to create a world of peace and understanding in spite of the horrendous happenings of his era.
Price’s works may be found in the following collections: Springville Museum of Art; Salt Lake County Permanent Arts Collection; American Community Schools of Surry, England; Rich De Voss Women’s and Children’s Hospital of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Dallas Arboretum; Birmingham Botanical Gardens; Scottish Rite Children’s Hospital of Dallas; Santa Clara (California) City Library; Bluegrass Airport of Lexington, Kentucky.; University of California Berkeley; and Indianapolis Children’s Museum, among others.
The town’s public art collection includes more than 40 works ranging from sculptures, murals, playground components and site-integrated art. Many of the works in the town’s permanent collection were reviewed and accepted as donations or commissions by Art in Public Places including works by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, Bryan Hunt, Dennis Smith and George Tobolowsky, to name a few. A map of Vail’s public art collection may be found at the Vail Village and Lionshead Welcome Centers. For more information about Art in Public Places visit http://www.artinvail.com or contact Eppard at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-479-2344.