The Bell of Renewal
Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission
On September 11, 2020 – the seventh anniversary of the 2013 flood – the Bell of Renewal was installed along the South St. Vrain Creek, at the north end of the Bohn Park pedestrian bridge. The sculpture’s concept was born in 2018, when the Lyons Arts and Humanities Commission (LAHC) began working with a team of local artists, Anita Miller and James Moore, to build a unique sculpture that would symbolize Lyons’ grit and resiliency.
The bronze sculpture depicts a bell suspended from a tree branch, upon which a great horned owl with outstretched wings is perched. The bell showcases natural scenes in relief, including the iconic local Steamboat Mountain. The piece beautifully represents the nature in which Lyons thrives and memorializes the strength of the community through recovery. The piece features a functioning bell that passersby are invited to ring.
Funding for the Bell of Renewal was supported by the Board of Trustees and independent funders. The sculpture is part of the heARTS of LYONS Outdoor Public Art Collection as Legacy artwork – a permanent addition to the Town’s public art collection.