Sculpture unveiling opens Otto recognition weekend

John Otto, the man whose vision a century ago saw the designation of Colorado National Monument, will be the focus of a weekend — Oct. 7–9 — of activities.

The John Otto sculpture, the fifth sculpture in the Legends of History Sculpture Project, will be unveiled at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at the corner of Second and Main streets, across from Two Rivers Convention Center.

More than 14-feet tall, the “Man with a Monumental Vision” was created by J. Michael Wilson. It depicts Otto, mounted on his horse, Rowdy, and gazing westward at his beloved Colorado National Monument.

The sculpture joins sculptures of Dalton Trumbo, Walter Walker, William Moyer and Sister Mary Balbina Farrell in the Legends of History Sculpture Project.

Local band Stray Grass will perform a Legends Benefit Concert at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 7, at Mesa Theater and Club, 538 Main St.

Admission is a $10 donation with proceeds benefitting the Art on the Corner/Legends Project.

Call 640-5350 or 260-8130 for information.

The focus on Otto continues Saturday, Oct. 8, at Colorado National Monument with a number of Centennial celebration events recognizing John Otto Day.

At 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Otto will be portrayed by chautauquan John Stansfield in presentations at the Devils Kitchen Picnic Area.

Two hikes are scheduled for Saturday. At 10:30 a.m., there will be a guided hike of Corkscrew Trail. At 2:30 p.m., there will be a guided hike of Canyon Rim Trail. Registration is required to join the hikes.

At 3 p.m. at the visitor center, Otto biographer Alan Kania will share insight into Otto’s life.

Call 858-3617, ext. 300, for information or to register for the hikes, or go to


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