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Chris Weed felt confident about his sculpture pair, "Portal 1" and "Portal 2," which he submitted to Art on the Streets.

And not because he had already snagged a first-place honor, or a second place.

He just feels good about them. "I think this is by far my best work. This is 90 percent of what I wanted."

For the annual competition that gives finalists year-long placement in downtown Colorado Springs, Weed had ambitious ideas for the works, two huge televisions with light and video components. With the help of Chris Jenkins of Nor'wood Development Group, Weed was able to realize the structural and electrical aspects of the pieces; for the latter, holes were drilled into the ground of the Plaza of the Rockies where wires from the underground garage were linked to illuminate the art.

His efforts didn't go unnoticed by jurors Kathy Loo and Jim Raughton, who describe his work as "extremely moving." Some of that has to do with the back-story of the pieces, yet Loo and Raughton had more in mind than an artist statement when they judged this year's competition, which we profile starting here.

They did mention, however, that size helps, and Weed is no stranger to going big. His red 24-foot-long, 3.5-ton paper clips once inhabited the same spot as "Portal 1." Completed for Art on the Streets back in 2009, Weed told the Indy he "emulates artists who place their work 'in such a way and in such a large scale that it interferes with your daily schedule.'"

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