Deadline: Monday July 1, 2019 to have your name listed on the plaque
The Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission seeks your support to build a unique public artwork memorializing the history of Lyons, the flood, and our flourishing community. The Bell of Renewal, by master, Colorado-based artists James Moore and Anita Miller, consists of a bell and stand. The stand depicts a a great horned owl building a nest, and the bell features design elements from nature in relief. The bell beautifully depicts the nature in which Lyons thrives, memorializing the tragedy and pain of the flood. The stand represents renewal through the symbolism of the building of the nest.
The bell will be approximately sixteen inches by 20 inches (16” x 20”), 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 in height by four feet width by three feet in diameter (8’ H x 4’ W x 3’ d). It will be constructed of cast bronze. The sculpture will be installed along the river, in an appropriate, safe, and enduring location in the Town of Lyons.
The Bell will be added to the heARTS of Lyons Outdoor Public Art Collection as a Legacy artwork - a permanent piece of public art in the Town’s collection.
The Town of Lyons is offering significant financial support, as well as the members of the Lyons Arts & Humanities Commission, and the artists themselves. But, we need your donations to bring this public artwork to fruition.
All donations are welcome and tax deductible. With a donation of $250 donation or more your name, "in recognition/memory of" designee, or company name will be added to a bronze plaque posted near the artwork. The deadline is July 1, 2019 to have your name listed on the plaque. All donations $250 will receive acknowledgement on our Facebook page.
James Moore has been working professionally in bronze for the last 22 years. After a 15 year career as a middle and high school art teacher, James made a leap of faith to make his passion for sculpting into his full time career. 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. James 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 http://www.sculpturebyjgmoore.com/index.html
James G. Moore assisted by Anita Miller. 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 https://www.limacompanymemorial.org