ARTIST SELECTION PROCESS:
The City of Pueblo Planning and Community Development Department facilitated the selection of the public art finalist Ken Williams Studios. The call for entry was made through CAFÉ, WESTAF Company, an online call for entry service where artists were able to submit their applications and sample of work for review by jury. The CAFÉ is used internationally by public agencies for public art projects. Twenty-eight artists submitted applications from the selected four corner states of Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona at the beginning of 2017. The four corner states were selected due to the southwest theme of the project. The jury went through two rounds of review and eliminations to narrow the finalists to four. The four semi-finalists that were selected were Ken Williams Studios from Pueblo, CO; Barbara Grygutis Sculptures from Tucson, AZ; Michael Clapper Studios from Denver, CO; and Demiurge, LLC from Denver, CO.
“The River” - Ken Williams Studios
GATEWAY TO THE SOUTHWEST
HOW WILL THE PROJECT CREATE A NEW SENSE OF IDENTITY FOR THE COMMUNITY?
The Gateway to the Southwest monumental sculptures will introduce a sense of identity and place to the traveler on I-25 and the region. The monumental sculptures will tower over the Interstate presenting a significant statement and image while welcoming the visitor and traveler to Pueblo. 18.7 million vehicle trips on average have been counted at the Gateway Project location. This new theme or branding will identify Pueblo as an important place of commerce, culture, arts, history, economic development.
Pueblo is a community of proud people with a strong generational working and family ethic. Those of us who work and live in Pueblo and all Southeastern Colorado are proud of the creativity, energy and opportunities that are abundant while still honoring our roots. The names of Steel City, Home of Heroes, Experience the Flavor and Pueblo Chilies will all be inclusive with the new branding. The old negative, tired, stereotyped images of Pueblo will be replaced by a new era of Pueblo’s identity as a significant city of the southwest and in the State of Colorado. Our image is often a result of people’s lack of understanding of the southwest culture that is Pueblo.
HOW WILL THE GATEWAY TO THE SOUTHWEST SCULPTURES REACH OUR COMMUNITY?
The Gateway Project’s community PARTICIPATION PLAN is totally transparent, active 24/7, reaches every neighborhood and motivates children to seniors - artists to corporations. This plan will help citizens stay informed, become involved and feel the creativity, inspiration and pride this project will generate for years.
The Gateway community PARTICIPATION PLAN will connect with children in classrooms to neighborhood public meetings and through social and traditional media. Simply put, Puebloans (and all Southeastern Colorado residents) are updated on the many and diverse steps taken to design and erect the sculptures. Students and citizens can ask questions of the Project Team (electricians to welders, landscape architects to traffic engineers, City Department Heads and the artists themselves) through the Gateway website, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
For the projects 12-months duration everyone will be continually invited to submit their creative and innovative work that will then be posted on the Gateway website. City Schools and Pueblo School District No. 70 are already engaged in processing submissions from their students and teachers.
This comprehensive COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION PLAN will reach its highest point with a three-month grand celebration of the artists who designed the sculptures - Ken & Judith Williams Studio. This major public event will be held at the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center.
DONOR RECOGNITION SCULPTURES TO BE LOCATED AT GATEWAY PLAZA AT THE RIVERWALK
The donors will be recognized through the City’s web site and on Facebook and social media. Since the sculptures are located on top of the Dillon Drive bridge they can only be viewed from a distance or in a vehicle at a glance. There is no parking or pedestrian access provided. To properly recognize the artist and donors a reduced replica of the two sculptures is being proposed in downtown.