“Once upon a time” might be the opening line for a fairy tale, but it’s also Cathy Bern’s favorite piece of art. Those words, made permanent in poured mercury by artist Rob Wynne, hang in the hallway near the entrance to her conspicuous downtown Aspen penthouse, in plain sight from the Aspen Art Museum across the street. “People who visit the museum have looked over here and wondered if our house is another gallery,” she says. “They’ll be out there on the sidewalk trying to figure out where the entrance is.”
That’s partly because art is so prominently featured in this 2,700-square-foot home, such as the stone sculpture by the Brooklyn-based Israeli artist Boaz Vaadia, which is perched on the expansive 1,700-square-foot deck as if gazing out on one of Aspen’s most up-close-and-personal downtown views.
This is by no means a showcase home that sits vacant but for a few weeks a year. Cathy and Marc Bern live in the four-bedroom, one-story penthouse full time with their 13-year-old daughter, Emma, and their two Mi-Kis, Maggie and Bella. Emma’s skateboard leans against the wall in the front foyer, and Marc’s favorite piece of art is the ski boot painting by his daughter that hangs proudly in the front hallway, next to a Yoshitomo Nara original.
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