Monday, September 20, 2010

Cupid Has Lost His Bow, Large People are Dancing and the Voyeur Bear Strikes

While some are in opposition to the large art that is cropping up in cities across the nation, these sculptures give the towns that they reside in character and are sure to be a landmark to identify the city for years to come. Many of the sculptures, funded publicly or not, find themselves in high traffic areas of the city and add to the visual aesthetic that planners work hard to achieve when creating such influential, highly visible pieces of imagination. For example, the dancing people depicted above called, Dancers by Jonathan Borofsky, are located in front of the Denver Center for Performing Arts Complex on main roadway, Speer Boulevard and cannot be missed when driving down this stretch through the city. This sculpture, installed in 2003, sits around a circular base that supports the 25-ton steel and fiberglass piece of work and caused quite a stir amongst citizens whos tax dollars contributed to the installation of this piece.

In San Francisco, Cupid's Span, pictured, was built in 2003 by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen and is said to mark the spot in which Tony Bennet left his heart as sung in his hit song "I Left My Heart in San Francisco." This piece of art, which is sunken into the ground to create the illusion that it had fallen from the sky, is a striking piece of work that distinguishes the San Francisco Bay Area and leaves visitors with flights of fancies abound in their imaginations.

In 2005, after the completion of the new addition at the Colorado Convention Center, a 40-foot-tall sculpture of a bear peeking into the building was installed. The sculpture, called I See What You Mean rendered by Lawrence Argent who still retains that copyright to the design, has brought many smiles to visitors of Denver and overall has become another iconic landmark that visitors and residents of Denver will remember for decades to come.

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