Outdoor Art: Sculptures For All To Enjoy

I love seeing art brought outdoors, free for all to behold, as a part of the environment.

During my vacation I came across a variety of outdoor sculptures.  Some of them were whimsical, while others expressed deeper meaning.  I really appreciated the way in which each sculpture enhanced outdoor space, adding artistic interest to commercial surroundings.

Here is a sampling of the sculptures I saw, in my best efforts to capture them.

Swinging, by artist Lee Stark, brings a sense of motion to a quite stationary piece.  Fort Collins, Colorado.

Swinging, by artist Lee Stark, brings a sense of motion to a quite stationary piece. Doesn’t that swing just belong in that tree? Yet the ropes she holds are not connected to the tree or anything! Fort Collins, Colorado.

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I don’t recall the title/artist for this piece, although it seems to be expressing an inspirational thought. Fort Collins, Colorado

Spirit of Fort Collins, by Sandy Scott, is a stunning fountain.

Spirit of Fort Collins, by Sandy Scott, is a stunning fountain. The geese are taking off from the boulder beneath.

An eagle (I think) in Estes Park, Colorado

An eagle (I think) in Estes Park, Colorado. It is elegantly placed, surrounded by trees.

This flutist seemed to be floating.  Estes Park, Colorado

This enchanting flutist seems as if she will float away. Estes Park, Colorado

I took lots of photos of Mount Rushmore, but I chose this one in particular to show how the sculpted face of George Washington fits in with the surrounding rock face.  South Dakota

I took lots of photos of Mount Rushmore, but I chose this one in particular to show how the sculpted face of George Washington fits in with the surrounding rock face. South Dakota

Here is a close-up.

A close-up on George. Mount Rushmore was inspired by one man, designed by another, and executed by the hands of at least 400 others. Impressive.

Not a man-made sculpture, but one made by nature.  I'm including this one because I viewed it as sculpture.  Don't you think that Mother Nature is quite the artist?

Not a man-made sculpture, but one made by nature. I’m including this one because I viewed it as sculpture. Don’t you think that Mother Nature is quite the artist?

 

 

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