New Otto statue unveiled
John Otto left a legacy on all the communities lying within the shadow of the Colorado National Monument.
Tuesday, members of the Fruita community paid tribute to Otto by unveiling a new sculpture in his honor.
“He was a great man and several words come to mind: Visionary, committed and determined,” said Mike Perry, executive director of the Museum of Western Colorado.
Perry unveiled the small sculpture made by renowned artist, Michael Wilson. Wilson created the same larger sculpture of Otto which is displayed on Main Street as part of the Legends of the Valley sculpture project.
The statue was commissioned by Museum of the West, the Fruita Rotary and the Fruita Lions Club. It cost $750, Perry said.
The statue will be on permanent display inside Dinosaur Journey.
“He’s certainly someone we can all learn lessons from,” Perry said.
The City of Fruita hopes to purchase another life-sized sculpture of Otto to be displayed at one of the roundabouts in Fruita.