THE GATEWAY TO THE SOUTHWEST AND SO MUCH MORE!
The project consists of three components. A pair of two 75-foot monumental sculptures representing a gateway to Pueblo, the Southwest United States and its unique heritage and culture. The Sculptures are located in roundabouts on the Dillon Drive bridge over Interstate 25 which is seen by approximately 18.7 million vehicles annually. Secondly, the program component or Gateway Participation Plan consists of public meetings, promotion, marketing, and an online based web site for submittals by the community and recognition of project donors. The third component will be the construction of two small Replica Sculptures located on the Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo in Downtown to provide recognition to the donors and access to visitors who can’t stop at the main sculptures on Dillon Drive bridge. The project will be celebrated with a future exhibit show at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center.
WHY GATEWAY TO THE SOUTHWEST?
In 2014, a citizen’s committee was formed and recommended the theme of “Gateway to the Southwest” for the monumental gateway sculptures. This new image will give Pueblo a unique identity along the Interstate 25 corridor signifying Pueblo as being a destination with distinct cultural and geographical differences from other parts of our State. See more information in the History section below.
WHAT IS THE COST OF THE PROJECT?
The total project cost is over $937,000. The cost for the monumental sculptures is in the amount of $780,000. Funds in the amount of $32,000 have established the Gateway Participation Plan. The replica sculptures located at the Gateway Plaza of the Riverwalk will cost $125,000 to complete the project.
PROJECT BUDGET SUMMARY:
Project Component: Amount Funds Raised Remaining
Monumental Sculptures $ 780,000 $ 707,000 $ 73,000
Public Participation Plan $ 32,000 $ 32,000 $ 0
Replica Sculptures at the Riverwalk $ 125,000 $ 80,000 In-Kind $ 45,000
Total Project Costs: $ 937,000 $ 819,000 $ 118,000
WHAT IS THE TIMEFRAME FOR THE PROJECT?