Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Art on the Streets returns for 18th year

Posted By on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 at 8:10 AM

click to enlarge Artists present at the event, from left to right: Ümit Turgay Durgun, Sandy Friedman, Scottie Burgess, Elizabeth Akamatsu, Kendra Fleischman, Chico Santos. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Artists present at the event, from left to right: Ümit Turgay Durgun, Sandy Friedman, Scottie Burgess, Elizabeth Akamatsu, Kendra Fleischman, Chico Santos.
2016 marks the 18th year for the Downtown Partnership's Art on the Streets program in Colorado Springs. This year, downtown Springs has been graced with eight new pieces of art, produced by artists ranging from local to international.

But first, unfinished business from 2015. Each year, locals get to vote on their favorite Art on the Streets piece, and the artist gets a prize of $1,000. The winner of that prize is Salida artist Jimmy Descant, whose sculpture, "Chief Eye-Heart-Gut," is now on display in Evergreen, CO. As part of the program, a jury of local art luminaries picks their top two for further cash prizes. The winner was Ümit Turgay Durgun of Carrara, Italy. His abstract sculpture, "X-axis," stands tall in the median of Nevada at Costilla. Durgun will take home $10,000 as a prize for his work. The honorable mention and $1,000 went to Springs-born Denver-dweller Scottie Burgess for "Civic Treasures," a series of loving tributes to famous Springs sights like Kissing Camels. He's also built this website for the piece.

In addition to the eight Art on the Streets piece, the Downtown Partnership has brought in three new pieces to the Transit Gallery at the Downtown Transit Center. The Judy Noyes Memorial Purchase Fund bought a new sculpture titled "Sum," created by local Pard Morrison, to the corner of Tejon and Costilla.

And in case that's not enough reason to explore downtown, last year's jury winner, "Poly Poly," is going back up later this summer, made sturdier to better resist the weather. Sean O'Meallie's vinyl scarlet macaws was selected by Americans for the Arts to be part of its Public Art Network (PAN) Year in Review. It's the first time a piece in Colorado Springs has been recognized by the PAN Year in Review, which is the only national program dedicated to recognizing public art.

So, lots of new art about, and the weather is nice enough to check it out. For a complete list of the pieces and a map of where to find them, click here.
click to enlarge Jimmy Descant with the 2015/16 people's choice winner, Chief Eye-Heart-Gut - MICHAEL PACH, VIA DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP
  • Michael Pach, via Downtown Partnership
  • Jimmy Descant with the 2015/16 people's choice winner, Chief Eye-Heart-Gut

click to enlarge Art on the Streets jury winner "X-axis" by Ümit Turgay Durgun of Carrara, Italy. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Art on the Streets jury winner "X-axis" by Ümit Turgay Durgun of Carrara, Italy.

click to enlarge Brazilian artist Chico Santos' fiberglass constructs colonize a log from a local tree, representing how human civilization colonizes nature. - GRIFFIN SWARTZELL
  • Griffin Swartzell
  • Brazilian artist Chico Santos' fiberglass constructs colonize a log from a local tree, representing how human civilization colonizes nature.
Scottie Burgess paid tribute to three iconic local sights in his three-part piece, "Civic Treasures," which won Honorable Mention. - MICHAEL PACH, VIA DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP
  • Michael Pach, via Downtown Partnership
  • Scottie Burgess paid tribute to three iconic local sights in his three-part piece, "Civic Treasures," which won Honorable Mention.
O'Meallie at work installing 'poly poly' - PHOTO BY MARY BERGER, COURTESY OF THE ARTIST
  • Photo by Mary Berger, courtesy of the artist
  • O'Meallie at work installing 'poly poly'

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