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Douglas County Art Encounters

Art Encounters is a year-long outdoor sculpture exhibit that showcases a number of sculptures, in various media and styles, displayed in highly visible areas in Castle Rock, Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree and Parker. The project is designed to promote public interest in art, develop community pride and draw visitors to the retail or civic areas where they are displayed. The public is invited to view the art in the program and vote for your favorite piece at www.douglas.co.us/artencounters. Artists are encouraged to submit entries in January of each year via www.callforentry.org (CaFE TM).

The City of Lone Tree has selected eight sculptures into the 2013-14 Art Encounters program. Four of the sculptures can be viewed at the Lone Tree Arts Center and four can be seen at the Vistas at Park Meadows.

Fatties Rocket Boy
Christopher Weed
At Lone Tree Arts Center
Price: $20,000

Medium: Metal
Dimensions: 14’x24”x24”
Artist Statement: This sleek, yet industrial sculpture is very reminiscent of a of a child’s toy in a bygone era. Tactile and iridescent, it jettisons up into the sky to the unknown, allowing our imaginations to wonder freely without constraints.

Colorado at 135
Kevin Schaffer

At Lone Tree Arts Center
Series: Native Grass Series, one of one
Price $15,000.00
Medium: Steel with clear powder coat.
Dimensions: 18' x 8' wide

Artist Statement:This piece of artwork is a part of my Native Grass Series of oversized abstracted sculptures with inspiration derived from native plant materials and a celebration of native grass species to the regions of Colorado. Colorado at 135 was the last piece created within the Series and a culmination of favored details and creation techniques. This piece features an over-baked clear powder coat giving it a bronze-like coloration, “dragon-trails” plasma grooving, serial ball-shaped tack welds, and wildly-organic detailed seed heads. The numbers one, three, and five are found throughout the sculpture’s elements among many of my own personal associations with “layers” of relationships of the people in my life.

Thurber’s Fescue
Kevin Schaffer
At Lone Tree Arts Center
Series: Native Grass Series, one of one
Price $15,000.00
Medium: Steel with clear powder coat
Dimensions: 18' x 10' wide
Artist Statement: This piece of artwork is a part of my Native Grass Series of oversized abstracted sculptures with inspiration derived from native plant materials and a celebration of native grass species to the regions of Colorado. Thurber’s Fescue was one of the first created within the Series and a product of its original venue being highway and interstate interchanges meant to be viewed at driving 35 to 50 miles per hour, hence the scale of this sculpture’s monumental details. This piece features an over-baked clear powder coat giving it a bronze-like coloration, familiar shadowy grass blades reminiscent of human silhouettes, and many of my own personal associations with mirror-like relationships of people in my life.

Kite Flying
Maureen Hearty

At Lone Tree Arts Center
Price: $6,000
Medium: Reclaimed Steel
Dimensions: 84”x24”x36”

Artist Statement: Kite Flying is fabricated reclaimed steel built by Maureen Hearty. The impressionistic figure is entwined in the kite strings while the wind whips through the kite, the spiral cut details symbolizing the wind, as it soars above. This piece was inspired by flying a kite in the high plains of Colorado while pondering our fascination with flight and interactions with the natural world.

Lady Release
Michael Ford Dunton
At the Vistas at Park Meadows Retail Resort
Price: $20,000
Medium: Stainless Steel with LED lights
Dimensions: 90”x60”x24”

Artist Statement: My inspiration for Lady Release came from the currents and wave forms of the Colorado River. Specifically, the moment when the moving water reaches an apex of stationary form that holds for an instant then releases to begin building its next incarnation. My love affair with liquid motion and form born of many years of kayaking and rafting the rivers of the southwest runs through all of my work and continually keeps me searching for and creating methods to express it in static materials. I achieved the form of Lady Release by the painstaking process of joining over a thousand feet of relatively flexible 1/4 inch steel rod, one strand next to the other until it was a continuous undulating plane. I then Mig welded over the entire surface using either steel or stainless steel wire. For the outer surface, I "drew" designs and patterns with the torch that tell a story in a stream of consciousness, heat of the moment narrative.

DZone
Andrew Libertone
At the Vistas at Park Meadows Retail Resort
Price: $4,500
Medium: Powdercoated steel
Dimensions: 90”x50”x28”

Artist Statement: As a visual artist I execute my ideas in sculpture and drawings.  My motivation for these sculptures and drawings come from my love of jazz music, architecture, industrial and auto based imagery.  I am visually absorbed by these things and construct pieces that incorporate these influences by balancing solid forms and open spaces and orchestrating colors in steel and wood.

Just a Weed
Ivan Kosta
At the Vistas at Park Meadows Retail Resort
Price: $20,000
Medium: Stainless Steel
Dimensions: 64”x36”x25”

Artist Statement: "Just a weed, we can't care less about. / Treading  amongst carelessly. / Unlike a garden flower, / delicate, fragile and frail. / Abuse - the more the better, / for that wiry survivor." The most despised part of our flora - sometimes (or many times) produces some charming and beautiful samples of our mother nature's creations. I have decided to use one of the more "glamorous"  materials - stainless steel, to try to bring a deserved attention to this "sub-family" of our glorious nature...

See Through Other’s Eyes: Spotted Owl
Ellen Woodbury
At the Vistas at Park Meadows Retail Resort
Price: $10,000
Medium: Yule Marble
Dimensions: 26”x16”x16”

Artist Statement: The Northern Spotted Owl is the apex predator (top of the food chain) in old-growth forests. Saving the Spotted Owl means saving the old-growth forests. "See Through Other Eyes:  Spotted Owl" is designed as an interactive peek-through experience. The eyes of the owl are drilled all the way through the marble and invite the viewer to see the world from the perspective of another being, to share the earth and make sure there is room and habitat for all creatures to live. The stone is Colorado Yule Marble, famous for its snowflake crystal. It sparkles like snow when the sun shines upon it! "See Through Other Eyes:  Spotted Owl" is a sculpture in my Endangered Species Series. Part of the purchase price will be donated to help preserve the habitat of Spotted Owls.

Art Encounters Mission
The project is designed to promote public interest in art, develop community pride and draw visitors to the retail and civic areas where they are displayed to:

•    Create conversation, thoughtfulness, emotions, meaning and creativity;
•    Establish public art as an essential part of a vibrant community; and
•    Experience art, style and expression in many formats.

Art Encounters Vision
To create, discover and experience public art throughout Douglas County. Learn more and see Art Encounters public art all jurisdictions at www.douglas.co.us/artencounters.

A Douglas County public art program, called Art Encounters, began its first countywide exhibit in June 2008 with 14 sculptures. The Art Encounters idea was formed by the Douglas County Cultural Council (DCCC) who set aside Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD) funds in 2006 and 2007 to be distributed to Highlands Ranch, Lone Tree and Parker (Castle Rock is not within the SCFD but their funding is coming from their Philip S. Miller Trust fund) for this program. The DCCC created a Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC), with representatives from around the County, to implement the Art Encounters program and select the sculptures.

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