Breckenridge Sculpture finalists: Seth Vandable proposes a timeless piece from nature
Ryan Summerlin February 22, 2014
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The Breckenridge Public Art Commission is looking for community input on the four sculptures proposed for the roundabout in Breckenridge. To view more photos of the pieces and submit your comments, visit www.engagebreckenridge.com.
Editor’s note: This is the third of four articles about the sculptures being considered for the roundabout in Breckenridge. To read more about the artists and their work, visit www.summitdaily.com.
Seth Vandable’s sculptural offering for the Breckenridge roundabout has a working title of “Mountain Symphony,” but if it’s chosen to represent the town, the title could change, the artist said. It’s not the name of the piece that’s important, after all, but the feeling it evokes.
“I figured they probably wanted to present something figurative,” he said. “I didn’t want to propose a skier, a traditional skier. So it’s kind of a conceptual type skier. It’s almost like he’s made out of the elements, made out of the rock and the wind and the snow and the mountains.”
The idea, he said, is that when you’re out on the mountain or wherever in the community, it’s a feeling like you’re part of your surroundings, part of nature, and not separate from it.
“There’s all kinds of little design elements that allude to the history (of the town),” Vandable said, noting the inclusion of a gold pan and an aspen tree. “I was thinking the title mountain symphony because everything flows and you’re a part of it all.”
The sculpture was specifically designed for its location in the roundabout.
“You have three access points to the roundabout, and each approach will almost look like a different sculpture,” he said. “It all flows together, but each approach is thought out so you’ll have a really interesting view from each spot, not a static thing but you can enjoy it from different angles.”
A resident of Loveland for many years, Vandable now lives in Texas, but he and his wife return to Breckenridge to ski. He said that connection impacts his concept for this piece.
“It’s hard because as an artist, you’re kind of giving your perception of something,” he said. “My approach was, because we come here, not only what do you want to see coming in and going out of town, but putting myself in the position of a local. I talked to a lot of locals and I asked them what imagery comes to mind.
“It’s not just some decorative piece that’s quickly dismissed. I wanted to do something that’s a real symbol of the town. It’s going to outlast all of us, right? I wanted to do a timeless symbol that’s not going to seem dated years down the road. You want future generations to embrace the piece as their own, and I think this piece is really successful in hitting all those elements.”
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