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
2016 marks the 18th year for the Downtown Partnership's