New Dedicated Sculptures at Loveland’s Benson Sculpture Garden – Loveland Reporter-Herald
On Saturday, the High Plains Art Council dedicated six new additions to the Benson Sculpture Garden, the sprawling public art installation near the town centre.
The artists behind each of the new pieces gave a short speech on the meaning of their sculptures, their careers and their relationship to art.
The six sculptures included: “Hangin’ Around” by Mark Hopkins; “The Power of Thought” by Victor Issa; “Monarch Girl” by Joe Norman; “Open Window” by Ted Schaal; “Abracadabra” by Craig Campbell; and “On a Roll” by Jack Hill.
Hill and Issa were unable to attend the inauguration ceremony.
Donna Visocky, executive director of the High Plains Art Council, which organizes Sculpture in the Park, the annual tour and sale through the park, introduced the artists to the pavilion at Benson Sculpture Garden on Saturday morning.
The Sculpture in the Park event is just over a month away and will take place the weekend of August 12.
“So 36 years ago, when a group of Loveland sculptors, chamber of commerce business leaders and Loveland officials sat down to discuss the possibility of holding a sculpture exhibition, no one never imagined that this dream would turn into such a nationally acclaimed reality,” says Visocky.
The 10-acre park now comprising 178 exhibits worth around $5 million has been named one of the world’s 200 most important modern and contemporary art sites and one of the top 20 art sites contemporary must-haves in the United States, she said. All pieces were by artists featured at the show and were purchased with proceeds from the annual sculpture exhibition.
The new sculptures were installed in June and can be viewed at any time.
“Everyone can enjoy it, the whole community,” Visocky said. “I get phone calls at the office all the time saying, ‘Is there a charge to go to the park? Should I make an appointment, should I buy a ticket?’ And it’s like, no! It’s open to everyone, you can go anytime and there’s always something new.
Mark Hopkins, the creator of ‘Hangin’ Around’, a sculpture of two children playing on a playground, one hanging by the legs from a monkey bar, was a longtime resident of Loveland before moving to the Utah about a year ago to be near her grandchildren.
“I had to move for them to buy one,” he joked.
“Hangin’ Around” is his first submission to the sculpture garden.
“It’s just about capturing the moment of being a kid,” he said. “It reminds everyone of something they did, especially if they climbed monkey bars. I mean, what do you remember accomplishing when you were a kid? First ride at cycling alone, swimming, climbing a big tree, falling from a big tree…”