|RVer and bicyclist, Jimmy Smith, checks out sculpture. (Julianne G. Crane)|
If your truck or RV needs fixing near downtown Grand Junction, Colo., and you find yourself stuck with several hours to fill–you are in luck. Recently we found ourselves in just that situation (read more about that by clicking here).
|‘Sip n’ Splash’ by James Haire. Julianne G. Crane)|
A woman sitting in the auto shop’s waiting room told us that Main Street, just a couple blocks away, was the place to go to eat and walk around. Off we went.
We stumbled onto our first sculpture–a giant bicycle at the intersection of Main and Fifth Streets (above). When we spotted the second sculpture — ‘Sip n’ Splash’ — across the street, we knew we were in a very special downtown.
|‘High Heeled Feet’ by Clee Richeson|
We soon discovered there are more than 100 sculptures in a variety of mediums and styles, from abstract stone pieces to realistic bronze renditions. Called “Art on the Corner” (AOTC), it is a free year-round outdoor sculpture exhibit. Established in 1984 by a local sculptor, it is one of the first of its kind in the USA.
Three-quarters of the collection consists of permanent sculpture and the remainder is part of the annual invitational one-year show. The temporary pieces are for sale to the public.
There is also a splash area for children that is open during the hot months. Little kids (and an occasional big kid) run through this interactive fountain to keep cool.
Another post spotlights the retro Main Street Cafe and the Museum of Western Colorado which is also a cool place to spend a hot afternoon.
‘Art on the Corner’
Location: Main Street, Second to Seventh Streets, Grand Junction, Colo.
Hours: Daily 24/7.