Memories.... I visited Seven Falls in the Fall when I was stationed at Ft. Carson. Great Place!!! Donna
Comment from dhga30047 - 2/25/06 9:53 AM
If you've been to Seven Falls, then surely you'll remember Starr Kempf's kinetic yard sculptures at the base of Cheyenne Canon. A few years ago the residents of the neighborhood won a battle with the family, stating that the sculptures were in violation with the city zoning regulations, and that the tourist traffic was disrupting the neighborhood. The larger sculptures which were found in violation of the city's height restrictions were removed but the others remain.
Starr Kempf (1917-1995) was a local artist who's display of larger than life wind activated sculptures have delighted residents and visitors of Colorado Springs for decades (myself included).
One might view the sculptures as decorating the lush grounds of his home, but I always felt that the story book home that sat in the background seemed to be more of an afterthought that decorated the grounds of the sculptures. The giant sculptures shine brightly in the sun and move gracefully in the wind, but make not a sound. I have always marveled at that.
"With the steel sculpture, I can aim at the clouds. With the human form I am too sensitive to the possibility of butchering it. With these sculptures I am not bound by realism. That bird isn't necessarily a bird; he is both abstract and representational. Working in the steel I am most free." Starr Kempf (1987)