As power walkers and joggers wind their way along the pathway around Webster Lake at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park in Northglenn, they are greeted by six, new towering sculptures.
These art pieces are part of the Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundation’s (NAHF) Art on Parade, a program that allows community members to vote on their favorite piece to become a permanent fixture in the city.
“This is such a great program for our community,” said Northglenn Mayor Joyce Downing. “It allows our citizens the opportunity to be involved from the beginning of the process by selecting the final six sculptures on loan in the park, and also by allowing our residents to have a voice in the selection by voting on the piece they like and want the city to purchase.”
The art will be on exhibit until May 2014 at the park, which is across from City Hall, 11701 Community Center Drive. The winner of the “People’s Choice” award will be purchased by NAHF and gifted to the city for permanent placement. This is the 13th year of the program.
“Art on Parade and the People’s Choice are an extraordinary way to enhance the beautification of Northglenn,” said Michael Stricker, the city’s cultural programs supervisor.
“Adding sculpture to our parks, trails and roadways enhances the aesthetic qualities of Northglenn and increases the quality of life.”
The 2012 Art on Parade People’s Choice sculpture was Bee My Honey, a bronze sculpture featuring a bear reaching toward a beehive in a tree, by Colette Pitcher from Greeley. NAHF purchased the sculpture for $16,800 and the city is still determining where to place it permanently.
NAHF awards the winning artist $1,000 and buys the sculpture, using funds from the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD), per capita funds from the city and private donations. Stricker said the city’s permanent collection is worth nearly $400,000.
Stricker said the program received more than 50 art submissions from across the country this year.
The selection committee is made up of citizens, park visitors, City Council members, Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundation members and Metropolitan State University of Denver art students.
“For the first time the final six sculptures are all from out of state,” Stricker said.
“The artists’ residence is not a criteria in the selection process, but it does show the reach of the program.”
This year’s six on-loan sculptures are:
Windswept, by Barry Ferich, of Nevada. The 7-foot piece is made of recycled aluminum power line and has a price tag of $5,400.
Tower, by Suzanne Kane, of New Mexico. This 8-foot piece is made of steel and stoneware ceramics and costs $6,000.
Caught Up, by C.J. Rench, of Oregon. This 8-foot piece is made of stainless steel with powder-coated elements and is $25,000.
The Loadstone, by lugufelo, of Florida.
The 10-foot piece is made of aluminum and costs $18,000.
The Shaman, by Pokey Park, of Arizona. The 3-foot piece is made of bronze and costs $10,000.
To The Core,, by Michael Ford Dunton of Utah. The 7.5-foot piece is made of yule marble, steel and LED light, and is $25,000.
People can vote for their favorite sculpture online at www.northglennarts.org until Nov. 1.