“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
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.