Art on the Corner: ‘Reconstructed Column’

“Reconstructed Column” by Bill Vielehr of Boulder.

SCULPTURE: “Reconstructed Column” is in a flower bed in front of Hammond’s Golf, on the south side of the 600 block of Main Street.

ARTIST: Bill Vielehr of Boulder (

DESCRIPTION: The cast and fabricated aluminum sculpture resembles a tower of six tin cans, stacked and in the motion of falling. The bottom piece is smooth with swirls, and the next three have lines and marks carved in the surface. The fifth section is smooth with swirls, and the sixth — the top — leans far to one side.

INSPIRATION: “That piece is like finding an old Roman, or an old Greek column, fallen and around in pieces,” Vielehr said.

“The inspiration is to put it back together in my own choice and make it kind of precariously put together, and just make it crazy — not worrying about what goes where, right, and not making things fit perfect. And then, presenting it in a very out-of-context way like that tripod, that is the base.”

PAST ENTRIES: Recent submissions include “3-D Glyph Series II” in 2009; “Fraternal Urban Totem,” 2008; “Volume Text,” 2007 (in the permanent collection, in the 300 block of Main Street); “Tubular Text,” 2006; “3-D Metal Expressionism,” 2005; “Book of Marks” with Cha Cha, 2004; and “Metal Drawing (E Series),” 2003. Vielehr won the Lou Wille Award in 2000.


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