County arts group vies for sculpture tour |

County arts group vies for sculpture tour

by Jane Stebbins

BRECKENRIDGE<Breckenridge is known for its snow-sculpting competition in the winter. And now, sculptor Michael Adams wants the town to support a bronze sculpture walking tour in the summer.Speaking on behalf of the Summit Arts Council, Adams asked Breckenridge art commissioners Wednesday evening if they would support a such a tour, which would take place each weekend in June and feature between 10 and 12 sculptures.3I feel an event like this would be an upscale event, said Jan McKim, president of the Summit Arts Council. 3A lot of times, we1re competing with Aspen and Vail and the things they put on. This is a matter of prestige. It1s time for us to put something like this on.The council will need assistance hosting the event, including signage, installation of the pieces, lighting and security, Adams said.The only caveat is, artists who participate in such tours often agree to participate only if there is a 3reasonable expectation an artist will sell a piece presented during the show, Adams said. 3They1d like some commitment from some Summit County entity to buy a piece. If someone commits to buying a piece, we can put a half-dozen or so sculptures at their location (during the show).Most of the sculptures are in the $10,000-to-$25,000 price range, Adams said.McKim and Adams said they have spoken with Jack Wolfe of East West Partners to see if he1s interested in purchasing a sculpture for Main Street Station, at South Park Avenue and Main Street in Breckenridge. Wolfe was unavailable for comment Thursday.Kirk Johnston, vice president at East West Partners, said he1d spoken to Adams, but made no commitments to purchase anything.3It1s in our plans to have well-done events, and I picture this as an event, he said. 3It1s in line with the types of events we1re looking for. But we have not committed to buying anything.Breckenridge public arts liaison Jenn Cram said the town is not in a position right now to purchase a piece of art, and can1t be expected to serve as a back-up buyer if no other group or company wants to buy a sculpture.Town officials would, however, like a piece of public art to be installed at the new development, but public arts commissioners said they want it to blend in with the historic railroad depot look after which East West developers designed Main Street Station, Cram said. Among the ideas are an interpretive piece that matches the trestle bridgeway at the entrance to the project, and a mural painted on the side of a water tank overlooking the plaza.Adams admitted he is a little hesitant about holding a sculpture walking tour in June, in light of vandalism to the Ullr sculpture outside Breeze Ski Rentals Tuesday night.But Breckenridge Public Arts Commissioners agreed the damage probably was caused by college kids on spring break, and that an art tour probably would be less likely to be vandalized in June.

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