The artists chosen to create the sculptures , Ken Williams Studio.
As you approach the bridge, two vertical spires of the sculpture with their circular steel sun/rainbow elements reach skyward in the midst of the landscape, creating a portal through which travelers will pass. The sculpture reinforces and defines the idea that Pueblo has historically been recognized as the crossroads to the great Southwest.
WHAT STORY DOES THE SCULPTURE IMAGES TELL?
The sculpture was designed to fully integrate in harmony with its surroundings. The triangular constructions of the two spires are positioned in such a way that the angled sides push inward against the vertical sides that visually create the portal. The angled and curved steel will frame the natural warmth and color of the ceramic tile with pictorial elements that recognize and reflect the history, industry, culture and landscape of the region.
Compilation of our notes and ideas when developing our sculptured models addressing the theme Gateway to the Southwest:
We considered the multiple vantage points at interstate speed. We designed a 45’ H form, mainly composed of elements of steel, carved and glazed ceramic tile. From this speed and distance the sculptured glazed tile suggests an abstract colored fabric framed by the massive core 10 steel element.
We want the traveler to have a second look at our sculpture and community. As you approach the exit and round - about, the sculpture will reveal a composition of colorful images, open to a range of interpretation.
Native American pottery designs
Pioneers - wagon wheel
Industry - steel and wind energy
Farming – chilies
Ranching – barbed wire
Environment – sunshine, water, landscapes
View of 45-foot-tall sculpture in the roundabout
At another level the steel arches frame the vastness of the open space and open sky; like our city of Pueblo, framed by the mountains to the west, mesas to the east and Spanish Peaks to the south. All are bisected by the merging of the life-giving ribbon of the Arkansas River and the earth creating parallel bands of foliage; which support farms, industry and energy. Revealing a welcoming new landscape of high desert, supporting blended cultures and opening our senses to experience the South West.
Northbound view of the bridge
We believe that the goal has been achieved and is evident in the manner of the sculptures design. It was created to be artistically sensitive, relevant, soaring and contemporary. The intention was to create an artwork with a strong sensitivity toward the city, and its people and all of those who pass through Pueblo; the Gateway to the Southwest.