Thursday, December 5, 2013

Memorializing the Waldo Canyon Fire

Posted By on Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Semi-finalists have been chosen to create a memorial for the Waldo Canyon Fire.

According to the Mountain Shadows Community Association, they are:

Robert Barnum Mecosta (Michigan)
Tom and Jean Latka (Pueblo, Colo.)
Eileen Gay Sparks (Nevada)
Kathleen Caricof (Loveland, Colo.)
Christopher Weed (Colorado Springs)

The news release:

These five artists were selected by the Memorial Artist Selection Sub-committee out of 86 interested artists from across the United States and internationally. Thank you to all the artists who applied.

Shortly following the rendering preview event, the Memorial Artist Selection Sub-committee will make their final decision and notify the artist. A contract will be developed between the selected artist and the City of Colorado Springs, as this memorial will become a permanent piece of public art, owned by the city. The memorial is to be completed and installed in time for its dedication ceremony on June 26, 2014 in Mountain Shadows Park.

We extend gratitude to the Memorial Artist Selection Sub-committee for their hard work and heartfelt dedication during this daunting task. We also thank Steve Weed again for donating his artwork for the community auction fundraiser that secured the funding needed for the memorial.

The auction raised about $37,000 for the memorial, says Bob Cutter, chief of the Colorado Springs Together nonprofit set up to help victims of the fire.

The concept renderings to be created are to be based off input gathered from Mountain Shadows residents. And the drafts will be available for community viewing and feedback from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, at Front Range Alliance Church, 5210 Centennial Blvd.

click to enlarge Devastation from the Waldo Canyon Fire of 2012. - FIRE PHOTO
  • Fire photo
  • Devastation from the Waldo Canyon Fire of 2012.

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