Loveland, CO, is a sleepy town north of Denver for most of the year. But during the second week in August, the place turns into a swelling sea of sculptors—some 400 artists from around the country swim into town bearing bronze, stone, ceramic and wood pieces. They range in subject matter from contemporary kinetic towers to tiny, funky frogs.
One of the pleasures of my annual trek to Sculpture in the Park and the Loveland Sculpture Invitational Show & Sale is to discover the artists who have taken interesting new directions.
This year on our first stop of the day, we meet up with Josh Wiener, a young Colorado artist who is showing Once Again (right)—a step away from his earlier musical instruments forms. “I’m exploring the intersection of urban and natural environments,” Josh says. By placing a living tree on the top of a sculpted wood structure, his intent is to convey the cyclical nature of materials—everything becomes something else.
Soon after our conversation with Josh, the familiar stone and bronze figures of another Colorado artist, Kendra Fleischman, pop into view. Drawing closer, we notice a new element in her work. In Looking Glass (above), a woman holds a mirror that streams video, including 1950s commercials for beauty parlors and fashion advice telling women how to dress. Very cool.
Finally, the always lively Kevin Box from Santa Fe, known for his origami bronze crane sculptures, couldn’t wait to show us his latest work, titled Victoria’s Dress—a flowing bronze breeze of a frock that a modern dancer might wear. Kevin reports proudly, “I sold two of them.”