Friday, June 3, 2005

DOWNTOWN COLORADO SPRINGS

I avoid going into the city because of the traffic but once there one can't ignore the beauty hidden amongst the bustling crowds and tall office buildings.  This is a veiw of the old train depot, now serving as a restaurant.

   

This working weather vane once stood in someone's front yard until it was found to be in violation of the city zoning codes because of its height.  The fire hydrant stood out because it was the only one that had vegetation growing around it.  Becca asked 'what side do you think the dogs use?'

This is just one of the many pieces of art that decorate the sidewalks and medians around town.  It is a two sided sofa and admirers are encouraged to sit upon it.

   

The balancing jester is also a working street light.  The statue of the cowboy 'Hank' is dedicated to all of the individuals and organizations who make the annual Pikes Peak or Bust Rodeo possible.

I am not familiar with the story behind this statue yet.  It appears to be a cowboy and his son.  There are so many wonderful sculptures of this caliber around town and I would love to eventually get pictures of all of them.

9 comments:

smjr43 said...

Dorn, Hope you don't mind, but I put a link to your journal in mine because I love these pics so much.  I have been downtown Colorado Springs and some of the buildings in the background of your pictures look familiar, but I don't think I ever noticed the artwork, which is a shame.  I have seen the statue if it is the one right in the middle of the traffic!!! :)

http://journals.aol.com/Smjr43/Colorado

P.S.  My husband is probably leaving Sunday coming out there to help his brother move from Monument to Alabama.  Sure wish I was coming too!!! :(

my78novata said...

cool pics thanks for sharing

joolsinwa said...

as usual, stunning photos!ty! I have you linked from my journal too! Hope it's ok
~ Julie~ http://journals.aol.com/joolsinwa/randommusingsofmymind

ctx424 said...

What a beautiful place full of Art and history.
Great entry. Thanks for sharing.
Kate

sylviam4000 said...

Just found your journal, it's awesome. Come on over to my place if you have time. I also love flowers, birds, beasts, trees and the English countryside & traditions. Thanks for sharing your journal. It has already given me much pleasure.
Sylvia
http://journals.aol.co.uk/sylviam4000/JottingsfromtheSticks

labdancer51 said...

Those sculptures are just beautiful!   :-)

Sandra xxx

sonensmilinmon said...

My son was recently talking about a possible move (in years to come) to COS.  I can see I'd be delighted to visit him if him and his wife move there. :-)  Beautiful pictures.

Monica
http://journals.aol.com/photographybymon/Mamarazzi/

cw2smom said...

What great pictures!  Such an abundance of fun things to see and do where you live!  Love the Thunderbirds!  Especially seeing the belly of the planes and their designs!  I never knew that either!  Lisa

lovebuggirlla said...

I can not express the joy I had looking at the pictures . You have inspired me to look more closely at things we take for granted. Keep taking pictures and God Bless. Peggy Paige

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