Craftsman’s work decorates roundabout

Photos by Christopher Tomlinson, top, and Melinda Mawdsley—Tim Patty stands next to a cactus sculpture made of horseshoes, one of a group of sculptures he gave the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture for display on the roundabout at 23 and G roads. The group includes an ocotillo made of spikes hammered into railroad ties.



Tim Patty doesn’t consider himself an artist.

In fact, when someone tries to use the words “you’re” and “artist” together, Patty all but interrupts the sentence.

Still, it seems Patty must possess some artistic ability as he stands near the two cacti and one ocotillo plant he sculpted and gave the Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture for display on the roundabout at 23 and G roads.

The cacti — one is more than 8 feet tall; the other is slightly shorter — were welded from rusted horseshoes collected from local farriers.

The ocotillo was welded from old railroad spikes.

Patty said he plans to finish and install additional sculptures in the future. The roundabout had been landscaped with nothing but rocks.

“It looked a little barren, and he had been working on these anyway,” said Lorie Gregor, recreation coordinator with the city. “It all worked out.”

Patty’s art was previously on display near the City Shops off West Avenue in a place dubbed “Patty’s Park.”

Patty still takes care of the grass there, he said.

The new display at 23 and G roads has been named “Patty’s Park West,” Gregor said.

Patty’s interest in welding and building sculptures came from his experience as a construction supervisor with the city of Grand Junction since 1984.

“I wouldn’t consider myself an artist,” he said.


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I’m glad I read this story right after I read the story about the vandals at schools. People who give back to their community, people like Tim Patty, need to be spotlighted more often. Kids need role models, and this is a good one.

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