Artful Durango – 2

By Eilene Lyon

In my first Artful Durango post, I shared a small sampling of murals around town, particularly more recent ones. This time I will share some sculptural, or three-dimensional art around the city.

One thing I learned in doing this project is that it is very difficult to get good photographs of outdoor bronze pieces. The light seems to erase the definition in the sculptor’s lines. Perhaps I’d do better on a cloudy day.

“Semper Fi” by P. Davis. This rescue-dog sculpture is installed in front of the Durango Police Station on 2nd Avenue. It was initially on loan, but officially donated to the city in 2013.
“Puck” by Elizabeth Macqueen (1984). This is one of two bronze human figures on 2nd Avenue. This one is interesting because it slowly rotates on its base. Too slowly to be discerned by a casual observation. Note in this image, he faces the sidewalk.
In this image from a different day, he is facing away from the sidewalk entirely.
The second human figure on 2nd Avenue is “Mudra,” also by Elizabeth Macqueen (1984).
Not long after I moved to Durango, in 1987, I watched the demolition of the final remaining smokestack from the smelter in Durango. Some bricks and stones from that structure were used to build the base for this sculpture of a “double-jack” hand-drilling team. Miners used the steel rods and eight-pound hammer to create holes to fill with blasting powder. The sculpture is located in Santa Rita Park along the Animas River across from where the smelter operation once stood (1880-1930). The site was later used to process uranium during WWII. The tailings pile had to be removed in the 1980s to a site in Ridges Basin, where it was encased in concrete. It is now the Durango Dog Park.
“The Basket Dance” by Glenna Goodacre (1987), stands in front of the Durango Herald offices on Main Avenue.
This sculpture of a newspaper delivery boy also stands in front of the newspaper offices.
This colorful drummer is a more recent installation, dedicated in 2016. “The Jazz Drummer” by Mary Ann Baker.
This kinetic tree, called “Celebrate” by J. Gunnar Anderson, is located in Schneider Park along Roosa Avenue.
These large horses flank the sign for the La Plata County Fairgrounds on North Main Avenue in Durango.
“The River Potters” by Doug Hyde was donated to Fort Lewis College by the Arthur and Morley Ballantine family in 1994. It sits in front of Reed Library on campus.

The last three images show a structural art installation of “Reflection” by architect Volkan Alkanoglu. The community concert hall at Fort Lewis College is a large, blocky structure lacking nuance. This installation helped to break up the monolithic appearance of the building. It was donated by Richard and Mary Lyn Ballantine. Richard, son of Arthur and Morley, served many years on the board of regents for the college.

In this last image you can see more clearly that the yellow squares are two-dimensional and the blue “arrows” are three-dimensional.

Feature image: This is another sculpture in Santa Rita Park, “Parade Formation” by Mick Reber, donated to the city in 2003.

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  1. What a collection of artwork in one city … my boss recently traveled here and said there was a lot of sculptures (which is right up his alley), but never took any photos. My favorite was the newspaper delivery boy and his helper (the dog made me smile). That kid looks very real – great sculpture.

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