Commission seeking public comments on Ethridge art proposals
BRECKENRIDGE – The town’s Public Art Commission and the Chris Ethridge Memorial Committee will host a public forum Friday to take comments about two art pieces proposed to memorialize the Breckenridge man.
Ethridge, a co-owner of Great Adventure Sports and a 10-year firefighter with the Red, White and Blue Fire Department in Breckenridge, was struck and killed by a car while he was riding his bike in Boulder County in October 2001. Friends wanted to create and erect a piece of art that reflected his generous spirit and outgoing personality.
The forum will take place from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Friday at the Red, White and Blue Fire Department, at 316 N. Main St. in Breckenridge.
The commission has narrowed the field of applicants to two, including Chad dellaPorta of Fairplay and Brian Howard and Andrew Held of the art shack in Frisco, saying those artists created pieces that best exemplify Ethridge’s spirit.
DellaPorta presented a sculpture with two sweeping metal blade-like pieces atop donated Shimano gear. Atop the blades – which dellaPorta said could be viewed as flames, a favorite trail on the mountain or the dynamics of Ethridge’s character – is a river rock. DellaPorta also placed a larger boulder at the base of the sculpture to depict the area’s mining history. A scarf-like metal band, depicting Ethridge’s spirit floating into the heavens, would flow from the smaller rock.
Art shack’s Howard and Held presented a piece that features a talon-like base with a wheel above, onto which five abstract forms are affixed. A crank at the bottom of the base allows people to turn gears within the sculpture and, thus, turn the various forms above. The forms, Held said, could depict things from Ethridge’s life, such as a flame for his firefighting, a hockey puck or bike parts. The base could also feature various quotes about Ethridge.
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