Downtown visitors inspect new art sculptures on Main

Dave Davis, the founder of the Art on the Corner program in downtown Grand Junction, laughs about some of the reactions to the art over the years as his new piece in the background is installed this morning.

From the abstract to whimsical, 33 new sculptures have been installed downtown on Main Street for the 25th year of Art on the Corner.

Program founder Dave Davis has an abstract piece in the exhibit for the first time in several years. It’s on the northeast corner of Fifth and Main streets, and describing it is, well, difficult. Davis avoided trying to describe it himself, instead saying it is “whatever they think it is.”

Sylvia Saunders spent the afternoon inspecting the new sculptures with her family. She liked Davis’ piece for the “good colors from the valley, the monument.”

Luan Sanders liked Davis’ piece for its sheer size. It’s 8 to 9 feet high.
Judy and Ray McFarland had several favorites each, and a few they both agreed on.

One was “Soaring Bird,” done by Lyons artist John King. Judy MacFarland enjoyed it for its whimsy and imagination. Her husband liked its movement.

“The wind was blowing just enough. It kept everything going,” he said.

The sculptures were installed Saturday morning, a job that took approximately four hours.

Volunteers with FCI Constructors and Art on the Corner committee members removed the previous exhibit and installed the new sculptures, using equipment provided by FCI.

Castle Valley artist Micheal Ford submitted the largest and heaviest piece, “Rock Dreaming of Flight.” The 15-foot-tall steel and sandstone abstract weighs more than two tons. Girardi Crane & Rigging volunteered to help set up Ford’s piece.

“It’s definitely the heaviest piece we’ve ever had,” said Allison Sarmo, an Art on the Corner committee member.


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