Four new sculptures to be installed at Niwot's Community Corner

Series: Niwot Sculpture Park | Story 6

January 15, 2020

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Kore the Awakening created by artist Egor Zigura along with three other new sculptures will be installed in February at the expanding Niwot's Community Park, on the corner of 79th Street and Niwot Road.

Egor Zigura's statue titled "Kore That Awakening" will soon be standing tall in the expanded Niwot Community Corner. The winning sculpture created by Zigura of Kiev, Ukraine, along with three other sculptures will be put in place in Niwot next month.

Zigura's depiction of a female figure is nearly six feet in height and is described as "a fragmented shape, harkening back to the Classical Antiquity." This piece was the winner of the $750 stipend awarded by the Niwot Sculpture Park Committee. Zigura's sculptures have been acquired by numerous private and public purchasers and are on display internationally.

Three other artist's pieces will be installed in Community Park along Niwot Road. "Friends," a sculpture by Marc Arnold of Niwot, a metal sculpture titled "Return" by Dan Toone of Utah, and "Space Moon," a contemporary steel piece by Denver artist Reven Marie Swanson, will be on display.

Seven area residents make up the Niwot Sculpture Park Committee, which selected the first round of sculptures in 2018. In Sept. 2019, the committee began accepting applications for additional pieces. Committee representation is comprised of volunteers from the Niwot Community Association, Niwot Business Association, Niwot Cultural Arts Association, Niwot Future League, Cottonwood West Homeowners Association, artists and Niwot residents. The members are Laura Skaggs, Chuck Klueber, Anne Postle, Lisa Rivard, Scott Deemer, Asher Panian, and Catherine McHale.

The four new pieces were selected out of 19 entries. They will take up residence for the public to enjoy for at least the next year.

"This was just really quite astonishing," McHale said "because amongst the various applications, suddenly we had this guy from the Ukraine." The application was the first international sculpture submission the committee had received and the piece is already in the U.S.

Originally, the winners were scheduled to be announced in November. McHale said, "We held off announcing, because we really wanted to make sure we could make it work. We saw this piece and we loved it. The quality is amazing, the artistry fantastic."

In addition to the level of artistic quality, the selection committee considered how each sculpture would fit in with the outdoor space and how it would complement the other sculptures. The intention was also to have a variety of materials, sizes, and styles to add interest to the display.

To accommodate the pieces, the park is growing westward from the corner of Niwot Road and 79th Street, toward the tree carvings. In keeping with the park's present feel, a boulder bench, native perennial plants, shrubs, and evergreens, along with large boulders are being installed. Outdoor Craftsman, owned by Niwot resident Scott Deemer, is donating plans, materials, and labor to expand the park.

Local Improvement District funds were approved to help fund the project and will be added to contributions from Cottonwood West Homeowners Association, the Niwot Business Association, and hopefully a Boulder County grant. Cottonwood West HOA has been extremely supportive and helpful with planning the park, McHale said.

"It's a great example of the community pulling together," McHale said.

The new sculptures will be joining Feather, Aviator, Peacemaker, Three Graces, Ocean Embrace, Desert Visions, Winot Bronze, Waco Curves II, and The Spirit of the River Does not Live Long in a Drainage Pipe.

All of the sculptures are available for purchase, except for Spirit of the River Does Not Live Long in a Drainage Pipe and Waco Curves II, which were previously purchased and are now on permanent display. Interested buyers may contact Osmosis Art Gallery for additional information. An "unveiling" ceremony for the new sculptures and built out park will be held in early March, details to follow.


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