Chrome on the Range

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The woman who drove the hotel shuttle downtown told me about the Art on the Corner, and mentioned the buffalo at the Wells Fargo in particular. It actually might be a bison, but whatever. I found it, and yeah, it’s good. Of course I love the name, too.

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The statue is enjoyable both as a representation of an iconic Western America animal, and in a more abstract way for the shapes of it. The first time I saw it was an overcast day, so the forms stood out more. The second time was sunny, highlighting the shiny, reflective nature of the beast.

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It’s installed at the edge of a small open plaza area in front of the Wells Fargo building. This gives it room to breathe, and be admired from various angle and distances, and also suggests the native habitat of the Plains.

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The Wells Fargo building provides a backdrop, with the bricks giving a nice color and texture contrast. There’s a window section that gives fun reflections of the statue. Nice installation that enhances the experience of the piece.

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From the plaque on the base: (It’s been there since 1989!)

CHROME ON THE RANGE II
BY
LOU WILLE

DEDICATED DECEMBER 15, 1989
TO AN OUTSTANDING COMMUNITY
WHO CONTRIBUTED THE FUNDS
SERVICES, AND HOURS NEEDED
TO RETAIN THE SCULPTURE IN
GRAND JUNCTION.

THIS ACQUISITION WAS MADE
POSSIBLE THROUGH THE EFFORTS
OF 4,300 INDIVIDUALS,
ORGANIZATIONS, AND
BUSINESSES UNDER THE
LEADERSHIP OF
UNITED BANK/NORWEST BANK

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4 Responses to Chrome on the Range

  1. Greg Merritt says:

    ooh the window scene really does look neat

  2. Pingback: Art on the Corner | 2m2t

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