New Book from Southwest Art: Sculpture of the Rockies

Sculpture of the Rockies, a new book from the editors of Southwest Art, arrived in our Boulder offices a few days ago. The 200-page coffee-table book features 97 artists selected by the editors of the magazine. Masters of form and materials the sculptors hail from Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.

Flipping through the pages an amazing variety of styles is evident, ranging from contemporary figurative pieces to traditional wildlife and western works. In comments accompanying images of their pieces, the sculptors share what inspired them. For example, Utah’s Lyman Whitaker says his kinetic steel towers spring from a time as far back as his childhood when he was captivated by the mysterious, exciting, and sometimes dangerous nature of the wind. Bruce Gueswel is inspired by yoga poses, while Rosetta sought to capture the movement of the red foxes that regularly streak across her yard (below).

While some works reflect a sense of place unique to the Rockies, others are inspired by more personal and global issues like Rik Sargent’s Free Mind, which is based on a vivid dream about angels he experienced the night before the attack on the World Trade Center. Click here to get the book for yourself or as a gift.

—Bonnie Gangelhoff

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