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Accessible Art

BY Christine Benedetti | May 4, 2018 | Feature Features

Museums are wonderful places to see art, but when you want to linger a little longer outdoors, the valley is full of opportunity to satisfy your cultural fix en plein air.

Sculptures and murals pepper downtown Aspen, but one of the most striking places to see public works is on the Aspen Institute campus, where even the structures are art, created by famed architects such as Herbert Bayer and Franz Benedict. Free tours are given throughout the summer.

Nearly 20 pieces of public art can be found throughout Snowmass Village in unexpected locations. From the top of the Rim Trail to slopeside sculptures, a dozen artists have contributed to making the town’s community spaces brighter and more interesting. Download a map of the Snowmass Arts Trail to spot at least a dozen of the works while strolling from Base Village to the Snowmass
Recreation Center.

The town’s new public art program recently debuted five pieces by Denver artist Wynn Earl Buzzell Jr. called Motio 2.0, featuring large-scale aluminum sculptures of abstract human figures in movement. They are found at the Willits Town Center roundabout, Emma pedestrian bridge, River Park, on the Rio Grande Trail near Basalt High School and at the intersection of Two Rivers Road and Highway 82.

Carbondale’s rotating Art Around Town program features 15 new installations each year, of which at least five are done by Roaring Fork Valley artists. Sculptures can be found on Main Street, the roundabout and other public areas like the library. A new app, Otocast, allows for self-guided tours and a comprehensive list of the works, along with artists’ statements.

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