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With almost 100 sculptures, the streets of downtown Grand Junction , Colorado , form one of the nation's largest sidewalk sculpture galleries. Art on the Corner is a yearlong outdoor exhibit of sculpture in a variety of styles and media, including bronze, marble, steel and native rock.
More than half of the pieces are part of a permanent collection. The others, which are on loan from the artists for one year, are available for purchase. Several awards are given out annually, including the People’s Choice Award. Often, the winning piece has been acquired through the Buy-a-Piece Program for the permanent collection. One of Grand Junction ’s goals for the Art on the Corner project is to increase its collection by at least one sculpture each year.
The project, launched in 1984 by local sculptor Dave Davis and other regional artists, has since been copied in many larger cities. Free brochures with self-guided tour information are available in downtown shops and at the Visitor Center on Horizon Drive at Interstate 70. Group tours are also available.
There are 64 permanent sculptures on Grand Junction ’s Main Street , which is lined with Victorian-era buildings that house art galleries, boutiques, antique shops, specialty stores and restaurants. Beyond Main Street , nearly 30 more sculptures can be found from Horizon Drive to the Botanical Gardens.
Favorite sculptures include “The Storyteller” by Karen Jobe Templeton at 3rd and Main, “Mesas, Monoliths & Monuments” by Harlan Mosher at 5th and Main, and “Horse and Rider” by Philip Maior at 6th and Main . New sculptures added in 2008 include “Moulding Our Future” by Denny Haskey of Loveland, Colorado, located on 4th Street , and “Lightning Singer” and “Horned Toad Singer” by Jo Moore at 634 Main Street .
Many of the artists are from Colorado , and their pieces reflect the region and its culture. Permanent sculptures “Leap” by Richard Montrose, “Strength of the Maker” by Denny Haskew and “Greg La Rex” by Bill, Roby and Dave Bowen all reflect Colorado ’s history.
Art on the Corner can introduce children to the visual arts as well. Start at Toys For the Fun of It, where a happy frog, the “Puffed up Prince,” sits and waits for admirers. Then encourage the kids to find five additional sculptures that include animals, such as the “Chrome on the Range II” buffalo by artist Lou Wille, the “Sir” bronze pig by Mary Zimmerman, or “Turtle” by Dr. James Busby.