The National Sculptors’ Guild installed 18 public art placements in 2020, truly a triumph for the challenges we all faced in the year.
We are excited to have several new projects set to install in 2021 that we will be sharing in the near future.
Our 2020 public art placements are... (click titles to learn more)
My Heart is in Your Hands, Jane DeDecker, Downey, CA
Homeward/Monarch, Joe Norman, Downey, CA
Mock Orange, Michael Warrick, Whittier, CA
Time, Carol Gold, Bend, OR
Between the Lines, Jane DeDecker, Loveland, CO
Leaps and Bounds, Daniel Glanz, Brighton, CO
Sweet Dreams & Grassland Trio, Daniel Glanz, Brighton, CO
Mockingbird Tree, Michael Warrick, Southlake, TX
On a Roll, Jack Hill, Downey, CA
From a Different Perspective, Jane DeDecker, Downey, CA
Infinite Dance, Carol Gold, Downey, CA
Tree of Life, Clay Enoch, Downey, CA
Burro Trio, Jane DeDecker, Southlake, TX
Bamboo, Tim Cotterill (The Frogman), Joplin, MO
Keeping the Ball Rolling, Jane DeDecker, Edmond, OK
On a Roll, Jack Hill, Edmond, OK
Rev. Pond, Denny Haskew, Shakopee, MN
Tried and True, Gary Alsum, Edmond, OK
We've now placed 530 public art monuments since 1992!
Special thanks to all the people that helped make these placements happen, from fabrication to transport and installation, everyone pulled together in a time we had to stay apart.
#SculptureIsATeamSport #PublicArt #California #Texas #Missouri #Oklahoma #Minnesota #Oregon #Colorado #InstaArt #InstaGood #InstaLove #NSG #NationalSculptorsGuild #ArtistDriven #ClientMinded
11/3/2019: The last several months have been filled with sculpting and casting for this project. #process.
The Adam's County Arts Committee has approved our proposal for the second area for art at the new Riverdale Animal Shelter. Two sculptures by Daniel Glanz and the National Sculptors' Guild will be placed in the calming garden.
In this quieter placement we have a mouse curled up next to a sleeping cat in this unlikely pairing as they take a break from the ‘race’. The bronze is placed on a large sandstone natural bench, inviting visitors to sit next to Sweet Dreams for a moment of respite.
Finally, Grassland Trio again combines stainless steel with bronze, depicting a rabbit, lizard and bird united by tall grasses representing the natural beauty of the area, and a few of the other (maybe lesser known) pets that the shelter assists.
Daniel Glanz and the National Sculptors' Guild are happy to announce our design for Adams County's new Riverdale Animal Shelter was accepted and will be realized in the coming year. We will post updates here as the sculpture evolves.
Energetic and enthusiastically welcoming, this piece creates an immediate connection for the public with the shelter; becoming an iconic entrance piece for the Riverdale Animal Shelter.
A dog leaps in the air to catch a frisbee. Across the entry one sees the young child that threw the frisbee. In-between, a cat sitting on the provided bench has it’s paw up in a futile attempt to intercept. The dog and cat will include sculpted details specific to Riverdale, including the names “River” and “Dale” inscribed on collars – reinforcing proper care of pets. The frisbee may include the Riverdale logo.
The sculptures will be cast in bronze and scaled at life-size, the frisbee and abstract element that the dog attaches to will be fabricated stainless steel. Patina on the bronze will be warm-browns. The breeds of the cat and dog will be nondescript for universal appeal. The child will be sculpted gender neutral and racially ambiguous for optimum inclusiveness of all visitors to the Riverdale Animal Shelter.
Utilizing the existing bench for the cat invites visitors to sit next to the sculpture and be part of the composition. The artwork provides multiple photo opportunities to capture happy adoption moments.
The term 'Leaps and Bounds' is used to emphasize that someone or something is improving or increasing quickly and greatly... this absolutely rings true for the animals that are sheltered and adopted here. The sculpture demonstrates the health and vitality that comes from our connection with our pets. It also sets the tone for visitors to the shelter; as one enters the facility; they know this to be a place where animals thrive.
"Really" by National Sculptors' Guild Fellow Wayne Salge has been placed at the new City Hall by the Cherry Hills Village Art Commission.
"'Really' represents a contemplative pause, a step back, a second look at the state of contemporary life: its opinions and decisions."
Wayne will be present during the unveiling July 17th 5-7pm at 2450 East Quincy Avenue.
Look for this thoughtful sculpture on the Southwest corner of E. Quincy Avenue and Meade Lane.
National Sculptors' Guild Associate Harold Linke was selected by Peggy Fleming Jenkins to create the new Peggy Fleming Trophy for the Broadmoor Skating Club.
The award was created by the 1968 Olympic gold medalist to recognize skaters who, like Fleming-Jenkins, excels in artistic expression and presents a performance that is a complete composition. The inaugural award of the trophy was presented in Colorado Springs at the Broadmoor World Arena on Friday June 22, 2018, to Timothy Dolensky of Atlanta.
Harold Linke is known for simple, elegant, lyrical sculptures that capture the essence of the movement and the emotion of the moment. This trophy is in harmony with those themes and is meant to capture the evocative beauty inherent in truly artistic figure skating. Harold said, “Working with Peggy on this project has been such a joy. She has such artistry in her skating that made my sculpture a natural fit for this trophy. I am honored to have been selected to create it, see it presented by Peggy, and to meet its first recipient.”
The Peggy Fleming Trophy is awarded for excellence in artistic skating and is presented by Peggy Fleming Jenkins and the Broadmoor Skating Club
2018 is the inaugural year for this new competition in which a total of 27 Junior and Senior level men and ladies competed together in presenting each skater’s ability to artistically express and present a complete composition while demonstrating technical skills. The music, creativity and overall performance were the emphasis of the event and all elements were assessed from an artistic point of view. Judging guidelines allowed creativity and expression to take center stage.
These elements were the accents of the program, not the driving force and had set base values so that competitors could focus on performance instead of the number of revolutions and/or positions.
The competition recognized an important emerging direction in figure skating which is gaining new significance. There was one unifying goal -- showcase artistry and creativity in a competitive setting. For instance, a “signature move” had been added as one of the elements. This move could be an iconic, or a new and original, move, jump or spin tailored to each skater’s style and imagination.
Peggy Fleming, a member of the Broadmoor Skating Club when she won the 1968 Olympic Gold Medal in Figure Skating, supports this direction and is privileged to have introduced the Peggy Fleming Trophy as an event in the 2018 Broadmoor Open in Colorado Springs. Peggy commissioned an original sculpture as the trophy to celebrate the event. Timothy Dolensky of the Atlanta Figure Skating Club came in first place winning a price of $3000. Camden Pulkinen of the Broadmoor Skating Club and Jordan Moeller of the Northern Ice Skating Club placed in second and third and won prizes of $2000 and $1000, respectively.
In addition to the winners, the following is a list of skaters who participated in the 2018 inaugural event: Lily Sun, Sonja Hilmer, Emily Chan, Thomas Schwappach, Lauren Russell, Jamie Hathaway, Ben Jalovick, Ivy Liu, Courtney Hicks, Jacob DeWolfe, Morgan Sewall, Nakira Kreofsky, Maxine Marie Bautista, Haley Conrad, Danil Siianytsia, Marielle Chambers, Maryn Pierce, Nica Digerness, Julia Fennell, Alyssa Rich, Mieryla Flindley, Livvy Shilling, Andrew Torgashev and Hannah Harrell.
5/9/18: Installation day. "Silver and Gold" by Denny Haskew and the National Sculptors' Guild has found it's new home on the deck of CU-Boulder's new Admissions Building, with the most exquisite backdrop of the flat-irons. A true Colorado scene.
4/4/18: The bronze is complete and stainless steel substructure is attached, extensively engineered for a tricky installation on the rooftop patio. Special thanks to Art Castings of Colorado foundry for another beautiful job.
National Sculptors' Guild will install the bronze buffalo "Silver and Gold" by Denny Haskew in Boulder at CU's new Admissions Building next month.
Order a maquette and keep a piece of CU in your home. click here
12/20/17: Above are images of the casting at Art Castings of Colorado, that are metal chased back together and prepped for patina, then will install in Boulder at the new CU Administration Building next Spring.
8/23/17: The clay has been approved and the buffalo is heading to Art Castings of Colorado to be cast in bronze.
National Sculptors' Guild will install the bronze buffalo "Silver and Gold" by Denny Haskew in Boulder at CU's new Admissions Building Spring 2018.
Order a maquette and keep a piece of CU in your home. click here
Be on the lookout for more buffalo at CU. We've been commissioned to enlarge Denny Haskew's On Prairie's Edge for the Boulder campus. More images will be posted as the sculpture is finished and installed later this Fall.
National Sculptors' Guild Fellow Sandy Scott's half-life sized bronze buffalo "Ancient Way" is in its new home inside the University of Colorado Boulder's Regent Administrative Center.
Special thanks to the University of Colorado for the commission, the University Facilities Management Property Services for helping Wallis and John install, Tribble Stone and JH Welding for executing the base John designed, Wallis for great photos, Sandy Scott for another gorgeous sculpture and the CU students and alumni for supporting the arts.
#buffalobuffalobuffalo #CUBuffs #PublicArt #NSG #installation #CU #Mascot #CUBoulder #RegentRalphie
Stop by Columbine Gallery on Saturday Oct. 1st, between 12 noon and 4PM, for a Tailgate/Send Off in honor of National Sculptors' Guild Fellow Sandy Scott's latest bronze “Ancient Way” a half life-sized buffalo.
This recent commission will be installed October 6th inside the CU Boulder Regent Administrative Center. Don’t miss your chance to view this new piece plus recent gallery additions, including a herd of buffalo by our other fine artists.
We’ll have CU vs. Oregon State on the radio as you enjoy fall in the NSG Sculpture Garden with homemade chili and local beer. See you there! #BuffaloBuffaloBuffalo
Donor Evelyn Traut studies the latest NSG installation, Gary Alsum's Wolverine custom designed for the entrance of TRAUT CORE Knowledge School in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Fall Celebration Please Join Us
The third weekend in November we will have our annual open-house Fall Celebration at Columbine Gallery (weather permitting, we will enjoy the NSG sculpture garden as well.) Stop in for some refreshments, chat with artists, and find that perfect gift for friends and family (or splurge on yourself!)
Open House November 20th & 21st, 2015 10-7pm
Our new lecture series begins this year: tailored topics for patrons and art appreciators with Q&A time following. We anticipate doing more so please let us know your ideas for future subjects.
Saturday November 21st Talk Topics
1pm Wearable Art : Carolyn Barlock
2pm Filling a Niche : John Kinkade
3pm Art as Investment : Cathy Goodale and Jim Biggers
This event will also be our Legacy for Lu event (see below) for 2015. 15% of the proceeds from Lu Haskew painting sales over the month of November will be given to the Legacy for Lu Fund in the Thompson Education Foundation for K thru 12 art projects and supplies. The fund was established by Denny Haskew in honor of his mother Lu Haskew, a wonderful teacher, friend and talented artist.
We'd love to see you and share the new artwork that our artists continue to amaze us with.
Another recent National Sculptors' Guild memorial installation is by Clay Enoch, whose bronze "Guardians" adorn the granite walls of the International Association of Fire Fighters' Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Colorado Springs. The Guardians offer a silent salute to their fallen comrades as they present the ceremonial axe. Enoch also sculpted the IAFF emblems embedded in walls at the entry. #ClayEnoch #MemorialPark #Guardians #Sculpture #PublicArt #IAFF
Stationed as anchors along the granite arcs, these “Guardians” set a tone of solemnity and reverence for visitors to Memorial Park. They offer a silent salute to their fallen comrades as they present the ceremonial axe. Strength emanates from their firm grip and honor from their stoic posture. The elegant elongation of the figures raises the “Guardians up like sentries, offering protection over all who respectfully come.
Purposed as architectural adornments to the granite, the “Guardians” are executed with subdued detail. They evoke the proper tone in their minimalism and thereby serve to complement the existing primary focal sculpture. The consistency and symmetry of the site design is emphasized through their measured
repetition. -Clay Enoch, National Sculptors' Guild
For all Colorado Artists. The 2016 Call for Artists is now open. The deadline for submissions is September 28th, 2015.
The 2016 show will be open to the public April 24 – May 29.
The show is a fundraiser for the Thompson Valley and Loveland Rotary Clubs who award art scholarships to Thompson School District R2-J students each year.
Show Sponsorships are also available.
Columbine Gallery had a great time during last year's Governor's Invitational Art Show & Sale. Pictured are a few images showing Columbine's Alyson and John at the opening gala, Carolyn Barlock and Daniel Augenstein demonstrating at the Loveland Museum/Gallery, and Jim Biggers, John and Pam during the paint off event at Osborn Farm... next year's show is coming up fast, if you are a Colorado artist - please apply.
#CallForArtist #Apply #JuriedShow #ColoGovShow #GovernorsArtShow#Annual #Rotary
We successfully installed "Conversation" by National Sculptors' Guild fellow Carol Gold with a unique granite base designed by John Kinkade at the First Congregational Church in Boulder. Thanks to Art Castings of Colorado for their extra help during the complex installation.
This sculpture, by California artist Carol Gold, is of two stylized figures seated on a granite bench. The bench is extended to invite gathering next to the sculpture and a “joining the conversation.” John had to design something that was elegant, user-friendly and would span the weight-load all while floating on this second story plaza that didn't allow a typical anchoring installation method. with our engineer's help, we achieved a great functional look.
Many of my artworks depict interaction through some of some sort of communication. The inspiration for much of my work comes from a poem by Pablo Neruda in which he writes – “No hablar es morir entre los seres”, or, “Not to speak is to die among human beings”. I have used this recurrent theme of communication in my work for years. The spoken word (or lack thereof) is inherent in our successes and failures as a society. We are bound as a civilization by means of contact with each other. By interacting with those around us, communities grow and prosper through their ideas, thoughts and histories. I am well aware of the power of communication and its importance in maintaining the equilibrium that we must maintain for a healthy society. I have a great deal of experience placing my work publicly thanks to the expertise of the National Sculptors’ Guild. Our installation of “Conversation” on the plaza will be the only one in Colorado. The Landmark Board has approved it and has commended us on our adding to the public art of Boulder. " -Carol Gold, National Sculptors' Guild
"We are delighted to introduce you to the nationally renowned sculptor, Carol Gold, whose sculpture, “Conversation,” has been commissioned for the church thanks to a generous gift designated for this purpose. We are excited that this one-and-a-quarter lifesize sculpture will be installed toward the south end of our plaza, “humanizing” this large expanse and making it more welcoming. There are of course many layers of meaning that can be derived from the sculpture, but as members of the Arts Ministry, we have been struck by the thoughts of our church’s interest in inviting people to join the conversation of faith, no matter where you are on the journey. We also feel the sculpture expresses our church’s openness to dialogue, our call to community, and the ongoing conversation of faith with the events of our lives and the life of the world. It is also significant that the reason the church has received the gift of these sculptures at all is because of a deeply meaningful conversation that our Senior Minister, Rev. Martie McMane, held for the donor’s husband and his family a week before his death. We invite you to ponder your own meanings for this beautiful work of art." -First Congregational Church of Boulder Arts Ministry
Some of our extended family discovered National Sculptors' Guild fellow Jane DeDecker's "YMCA" bronze at the YMCA of the Rockies over the weekend. We love to see kids interact with art!
"You are Here" is a public art placement by Kathleen Caricof and the National Sculptors' Guild commissioned by Trimble Navigation in Westminstor, CO in January, 2013. "To create a sculpture for Trimble’s new Westminster campus I have endeavored to apply the visual and conceptual elements of positioning-centric technology with Trimble’s integrated solutions to abstract dimensional design. Triangulation is represented by triangles in positive and negative spaces; integration is illustrated by the dynamic positioning of three elements; integrated curves create movement illustrating inertia and orbits; and projecting angles represent beams." #AroundDenver #PublicArt #CaricofSculpture
July 3rd we finished installing NSG Fellow Gary Alsum’s stainless steel and dakota sandstone composition “Rangeview Herons” at Centerra's Rangeview Three offices in Loveland, Colorado.
Shown here are snapshots of the installation of the multifaceted sandstone and fabricated metal sculpture.
"Shields of Honor" ©2010 Mark Leichliter - National Sculptors' Guild, all rights reserved. Commissioned through the Colorado Council on the Arts for the Colorado State Patrol Troop Office & Regional Communication Center, Alamosa, CO. Installed May 27, 2010
Cut into the face of the upright column are multiple outlines of the Colorado State Patrol badge. These repeating badge shapes get more distorted toward the edges of the monolith, thus giving the impression
that they are enveloping a sphere. The sculpture has LED floodlights at the bottom, which will illuminate the piece at night.
National Sculptors' Guild Installation of Jane DeDecker's "On the Count of Three" at St. Mary's Hospital, Grand Junction, CO
National Sculptors' Guild: City Worker Memorial by Kathleen Caricof commissioned by the City of Greeley, CO installed September 2, 2009 in Lincoln Park. The marble & granite Memorial Sculpture is placed perpendicularly to the nearest sidewalk for both the largest impact to pedestrian and vehicular traffic. Centered on a 7’ diameter granite plaza the 14.5’ high sculpture will face a South-East direction to incorporate the sun which will activate the gold-leaf clad opening and cast long, interesting shadows throughout the day. Title and inscription is carved on the 4’x2’ granite portion of the sculpture with names of honor on the back.
“A Prosperous Past, a Bright Future” by Fellow Gary Alsum and the National Sculptors' Guild was placed in Brighton, at Bridge St and Cabbage Ave, commissioned through the city of Brighton, Colorado.
The public artwork features two sculptural elements. The first element speaks to Brighton’s rich history and sense of family. The piece depicts a father, mother and young daughter. The father’s occupation is vague so that the viewer could see him as a farmer, a miner or any profession that made Brighton what it is today. On the ground next to the mother’s foot is a basket of vegetables, a nod to Brighton’s agricultural past and future. The second element connects to the city’s current boom and its continued success in the future. This sculpture depicts a young boy, playing with a train and a toy airplane. The train is symbolic of Brighton’s past. The airplane is symbolic of Brighton’s steady economic growth as a result of its proximity to DIA. Gary states that “The challenge of sculpture is depicting the movement and energy of a single moment.” Placing a great deal of focus on movement and grace, Gary’s sculptures pass on the freedom, joy and curiosity that children display on a daily basis.
NSG Public Art Placement #287
The National Sculptors' Guild has worked with the City of Brighton to place a number of bronze sculptures by Fellow Jane DeDecker at the entrance of the Recreation Center on 11th Avenue, Brighton, Colorado. The pieces each speak to discovery and play, depicting youth actively interacting with nature.
Jane states... “My work is a cumulative process made of my life experiences and my desire to sculpt the human form. Each piece tells a story of how it was created - every stroke supporting the narrative.”
Part of Jane’s artistic genius is her ability to select a moment to which all of us can relate on a personal level. These moments span all generations, depicting a universally recognized scene. This scene may speak of the love between parent and child, the freedom of a child’s imagination or the simple dignity of everyday tasks. Each is a timeless expression of the human experience, causing us to reflect and evaluate the importance of love, relationships and achievement. - John Kinkade, Executive Director of the National Sculptors' Guild
NSG Public Art Placement #213 Galileo, Lords of the Forest, Ears of Joy and Leaves of Grass
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.