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Alfresco Art

BY Christine Benedetti | October 31, 2018 | Feature Features

To see priceless works of art like the “Mona Lisa,” you'll visit a museum—and the experience will likely be sublime. But if you prefer the outdoors, the valley is full of opportunities to satisfy your cultural fix en plein air.
This fairylike fort sculpture by artist Jayson Fann can be found behind the Basalt Regional Library.

ASPEN
Sculptures and murals pepper downtown Aspen, but one of the most striking places to see public works is on the Aspen Institute’s Aspen Meadows Campus, where even the structures are art, designed by such famed architects as Franz Benedict. The newest addition to the campus is a 1978 Herbert Bayer piece titled “Anaconda.” The seven-piece geometric sculpture carved in Italian marble sits outdoors, framed by Aspen Highlands. Free tours are given all summer.

SNOWMASS
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. Look for the 5,000-pound stainless steel and river rock piece by South Dakota-based artist Dale Lamphere, which was installed in 2017 in the Brush Creek and Wood Roads roundabout. 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.

BASALT
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
Carbondale Public Arts Commission’s rotating Art Around Town program features 14 new installations this year, three by Roaring Fork Valley artists. Those sculptures can be found on Main Street and on the Rio Grande Trail behind Town Hall. CPAC also has 29 permanent installations, including “Shout,” a bronze sculpture by Jack Kreutzer and Doug Erion located on the Promenade off Main Street.

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