2022 Art on the Avenue: Sesquicentennial Edition

In honor of the City’s 2022 Sesquicentennial Celebration, we doubled the number of curated works usually installed each year and added a mural for the first time. You can take a walking tour of the latest installations by starting at the City’s Mobility Hub located at 10 Old Mans Trail 80829. From there, stroll towards Downtown Manitou Springs through Memorial Park and Seven Minute Spring. We’ve ordered the works below from east to west. The exhibition of visiting works will be on display for 1-2 years.

“The Dance of TAVA” by K8e Orr and Joel Newmiller

This Manitou Springs Mobility Hub Mural design is inspired by a historical postcard from the collection of Deborah Harrison depicting the building during its 1920’s dance hall phase. The community voted on their favorite color story and this was the winning treatment. Volunteers painted portions during Arts Month October with sponsorship from the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and funding in part from the Manitou Arts Culture and Heritage Initiative. Learn more about the building’s history and future here.

Location: 10 Old Mans Trail Manitou Springs, CO 80829
: Acrylic paint on Zip System plywood weatherboard
Price: Contact us for information

“The Serpent Waver” by Mel Whitcomb

Mel Whitcomb works in stone to “discover the 360 degree truth” of each piece. Inspired by petroglyphs, this sculpture has features and textures on all four sides. She says, “The serpent waver is a culmination of various petroglyphs I find while hiking in the desert. I love to transform a stone into a variety of features and textures that are different on all sides. Marble is very satisfying for me to work with, because it polishes to a smooth surface that sparkles like new-fallen snow. I love the fact that the stone has existed for millions of years, and will exit way beyond my time on earth- perhaps millions of years beyond me.”

Location: Seven Minute Spring Park, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
: Colorado Yule Marble
Price: $12,000

Revivification by Zach Tabb

“Revivification” by Zach Tabb

This cast iron recliner covered in fungus is meant to be an artifact of human existence. What would happen to all our possessions if there were no one around to keep nature from repossessing urbanized areas? By taking something impermanent and making it permanent, he explores the interaction of human and nature and our ability to heal and regrow. This chair is meant to be interacted with—won’t you sit down?

Location: Seven Minute Spring Park, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
: Solid cast iron
Price: $4,000

“Spiral Dance Flourish” by Harold Linke

Spiral Dance is an organic, curved counterpoint to contemporary architecture. The Oregon-based artist suggests that the white finish draws the eye to her hopeful, joyous dance.

Location: Seven Minute Spring Park, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
: Steel
Price: $9,845

“Magnify” by Kirk Seese

This interactive, kinetic sculpture allows sunbeams to pour through the colored lens as the viewer swivels the rings into position to catch the light, casting a stained glass reflection on the ground, or anything else it hits.

Location: Shoshone Spring Park, Manitou Springs 80829
: Steel post and printed acrylic frame
Price: $7,500

Sandstorm by Justin Deister

“Sandstorm” by Justin Deister

“Sandstorm” is meant to remind us to become good stewards of our natural resources and learn to share and live in peace. Justin Deister is a Colorado-based artist from Boulder County.

Location: 735 Manitou Avenue 80829
Medium: Mixed media: natural stone, plex, metal, concrete
Price: $9,000

“Germination” by Gregory Fields

An artist based in Lafayette, Colorado, Greg Fields is inspired by the fascinating carvings found in pre-Columbian Mayan ceramics and stonework, and the free-spirited abstract design of Matisse’s paper cutouts.

Location: 934 Manitou Ave. 80829
: Ceramic, steel, cement board, mortar, grout
Price: $7,900

“Comforting Melody” by Antonio Flaminio

The artist transforms trash into stunning works of art that evoke instant recognition. This guitar is composed of hundreds of scrap metal pieces in good condition, including old tools, screws, wrenches, a forklift chain, bicycle and automobile parts, and others.

Location: 962 Manitou Ave. 80829
: Welded scrap metal
Price: $7,000

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