NSG Public Art Placement #167
The sculpture is dedicated to Jeff Graham. Jeff Graham was born in Great Bend, Kansas on October 22, 1960. He grew up in Hudson, Colorado. Jeff graduated from Weld Central High School and earned his business degree from the University of Northern Colorado. After college, he went to work for Brown and Williamson Tobacco Company in California. In the 1990’s, he returned to Colorado and to the mountains that he loved. Jeff died in a car accident on May 29, 2001 in Montrose, Colorado. Jeff was a loving son, brother, uncle and friend. He was fun loving, sweet and had a generous spirit. His death left a huge void in the lives of all that knew and loved him. We know that he would love this beautiful piece of art dedicated to his memory. This sculpture was selected by Nancy and Diana Graham not only because of its appropriate subject matter to the park but also because Jeff Graham loved dogs and the outdoors. The sculpture provides a focal point for the square. It adds a pulse to the square that draws people in towards the center. Without the sculpture, the courtyard would feel empty and without meaning. All of this was created because two very caring and loving people wished to convey their love of their son and brother by sharing it with others. This act of kindness celebrates that which is best about the human spirit and our bonds with each other. The creation of this small open room in this massive park has made it hallowed ground. It is an ongoing reminder of how important we are to each other, to our families, our neighborhoods, and our community. It is what makes Brighton a very special place.
JK Designs’ Principal, John Kinkade, founded the National Sculptors’ Guild in 1992 with a handful of sculptors who wished to find thoughtful public applications for their work. Representation has since grown to over 20 contracted sculptors and painters; plus an extended network of 200+ artists that our design team works with on a regular basis to meet each project's unique needs.