Thursday, June 7, 2018

Art on the Streets installs a giant, scrap-metal mermaid right off the Colorado Avenue bridge

Posted By on Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 3:48 PM

click to enlarge Trace O'Connor with "Iscariot" - COURTESY TRACE O'CONNOR AND THE DOWNTOWN PARTNERSHIP
  • Courtesy Trace O'Connor and The Downtown Partnership
  • Trace O'Connor with "Iscariot"

Like a great beast rising from the depths of the ocean, "Iscariot" will soon rise to the top of the Traffic Management Center on Colorado Avenue, where she’ll stay for the duration of Art on the Streets’ 20th Anniversary exhibit. As of this writing, this giant octopus mermaid by Fort Collins artist Trace O’Connor is currently being welded together and lifted by crane (and manpower) onto the roof. 
According to Claire Swinford, urban engagement manager of the Downtown Partnership, O'Connor, his team and a group of volunteers will assemble "Iscariot" in two pieces, which will be lifted separately and then welded together. By 4 p.m. on June 7, "Iscariot" should be fully visible as folks travel westward on the Colorado Avenue bridge.

We stopped by the installation to watch the process for a while, and passively took photos in the shade as volunteers lifted immensely heavy metal tentacles. Check out their hard work below:

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