The Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission seeks your partnership to create The Bell of Renewal - a unique public art sculpture, commemorating the recovery of the 2013 flood. The piece is currently underway by Colorado-based artists, James G. Moore and Anita Miller, and anticipated to be complete in Fall 2019.
But, we're asking for your help! The LAHC is calling on the community for donations to bring this public artwork to completion. With a donation of $250 donation or more, your name or company name will be added to a bronze plaque posted near the artwork. The deadline is October 21, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. to have your name written on the plaque. All donations are welcome and tax deductible, and will be used for materials or associated placement costs. Tax-deductible donations can be made through this link, in person at Lyons Town Hall, or Western Stars Gallery & Studio
Bell of Renewal
The Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission (LAHC) seeks your support for the construction of a unique public art piece, designed to symbolize community resiliency and commemorate Lyons Strong. With the support of the Board of Trustees, the LAHC commissioned Colorado-based artists, James Moore and Anita Miller, to create the sculpture titled, "Bell of Renewal".
The Bell of Renewal consists of a bell hanging from a tree stand, on which a great horned owl is positioned. The stand depicts a a great horned owl building a nest, and the bell features design elements from nature in relief. The bell beautifully represents the nature in which Lyons thrives, memorializing the strength of the community through recovery; the stand represents renewal through the symbolism of the building of the nest.
The bell will be approximately 16 inches by 20 inches, and will suspend beneath the owl, which will be positioned as flying past a stand of young cottonwood trees that serves as the support for the sculpture. The sculpture will stand approximately eight feet tall by four feet wide, and three feet in diameter (8’ H x 4’ W x 3’ d), and will be constructed of cast bronze. The sculpture will be installed along the river, in an appropriate, safe, and enduring location within Lyons.
The Bell will be added to the heARTS of Lyons Outdoor Public Art Collection as Legacy artwork - a permanent piece of public art in the Town’s collection.
The LAHC anticipates the sculpture to be completed and placed by Fall 2019.
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In December 2018, the Town of Lyons Board of Trustees directed the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission (LAHC) to proceed with a unique sculpture, to commemorate flood recovery, and allocated funding in the 2019 Budget to cover a portion of the artwork. In addition, the artists themselves have offered considerable donations toward the piece's creation.
Now, we're asking for your help! The LAHC is calling on the community for donations to bring this public artwork to completion.
With a donation of $250 donation or more, your name or company name will be added to a bronze plaque posted near the artwork. The deadline is October 21, 2019 to have your name listed on the plaque. All donations are welcome and tax deductible, and will be used for materials or associated placement costs.
James Moore has been working professionally in bronze for the last 22 years. His award-winning work is now in public and private collections across the United States, Mexico, and Europe. James participates in many shows and is represented by several galleries. He lives in the rural town of Eaton, Colorado, where he spends much of his leisure time enjoying the outdoors and observing the animals and natural environment that are so inspirational to his work. Learn more at www.sculpturebyjgmoore.com.
Anita Miller moved to Lyons in 2016 and felt the ripples of the flood as she heard her neighbors speak of the historic and life-changing event. The artist, who has her own history of creating memorial artwork, imagined a symbol of hope and renewal to honor Lyons’ recovery, which she and her family now enjoy. Anita believed the work of James G. Moore best captures the spirit of renewal, so they have partnered to create the one-of-a-kind sculpture. Anita's work can be seen in the The Eyes of Freedom: Lima Company Memorial project, in which she combined her painting and sculpture artwork into an artistic memorial of the Lima Company tragedies of 2005. The memorial travels nationally as a memorial and educational tool. Learn more at www.limacompanymemorial.org.