Friday, March 21, 2014

"Lakeview" R.I.P.

In 2008 I submitted a sketch for a brand new program: City with a HeArt in Loveland, Colorado. Large 4.5' X 5' fiberglass heart sculptures were chosen by sponsors and placed in the city.  My design "Lakeview" was chosen by Columbine Health Systems.  
Using Lake Loveland and the surrounding mountains of Longs PeakMeeker and the foothills as a reference, I painted all sides of the heart after several coats of priming and sanding.  I researched  acrylic paint for outdoor art and purchased Nova paint with the longest lasting color ratings.  The heart was clear coated with an automobile type of varnish and  it was permanently placed at 29th and Taft Ave in Loveland.  I was pleased at how my colors did not fade or peel despite being outdoors for six years.  On March 19, 2014, a multi-car accident involving a DUI driver destroyed my heart.  I heard that it was broken in several pieces.

TV interview with Fox 31 Denver news
I painted the design in reverse on the back side so the design would flow looking from any angle.

"Lakeview" and I at 29th and Taft, Loveland, Colorado.    Columbine mounted the heart on a concrete slab next to their sign.
You can see more of my artwork online:
Facebook page (open to the public)
(a variety of my work: prints and cards available)  
(limited edition canvas giclees)

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