Colorado Springs is known for fostering a rich culture, which is why it puts such an emphasis on the arts. In fact, every year for the last 15 years, the Colorado Springs community has held a competition known as “Art on the Streets.” The “Art on the Streets” exhibit is used to celebrate the meaning and power of art created for the use of public spaces. Not only does the event unveil a group of new work by artists from around the world, it helps to turn the downtown area into a year-long outdoor sculpture exhibit – helping to give the area a unique and cultured atmosphere that both residents and visitors can enjoy.
There were over 131 entries this year, which shows how much exposure the exhibition is receiving from all over the country. Only 11 artists were chosen to exhibit their work as part of this year’s “Art on the Streets” exhibit.
Art On the Streets
Since the first exhibit in 1999, over 200 stunning works of art created by more than 100 artists from not just around the country, but also around the world, have been displayed in the downtown area of Colorado Springs.
All artwork that is displayed as part of the 2014 Arts on the Streets exhibition is for sale. Since the first annual event, 20 of the works displayed have been sold, almost all of which have been installed throughout downtown Colorado Springs. The following are some of the winning pieces that visitors and residents can expect to marvel at during this year’s “Art on the Streets.”
- First Place – The first place winner of this year’s “Art on the Streets” went to Michael Brohman’s piece “Place.” The sculpture consists of a row of three columns cast in bronze using architectural elements that were salvaged from a demolition site. On top of each column sits a number of icons representing rural western landscapes. The artist, Michael Brohman, comes from nearby Denver, CO.
- Second Place – The juror’s award for second place was given to Melanie Piech of San Francisco, CA for her “Play Date” piece. This interactive work of art is a steel calendar that functions like an abacus. It was created to invite viewers to interact with it, thereby leaving a temporary private mark in the public space that it occupies.
- Third Place – Third place was awarded to Jimmy Descant of Salida, CO for his “Reverse Prometheus.” This work uses a reclaimed water tank covered with aluminum diamond plate, placed on a radiator tower, thereby giving the appearance of a rocket ship angled up into the sky. The piece is meant to represent the past and future of humanity, reflecting on both the good and bad aspects of mankind.
Beautiful aesthetic to downtown Colorado Springs
Although these were the winners of this year’s “Art on the Streets,” every piece showcased in the exhibition provides a beautiful aesthetic to downtown Colorado Springs. Residents should be sure to check out this year’s work as they stroll through downtown, and visitors should make the trip, as this exhibition is one that is well worth viewing. The entry deadline for the 16th annual show is February 24th. The 2014 installment will run from June 20th through June 1st next year.