Metal wanted for community collage project

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— Steamboat residents have one more week to collect metal objects for the Beaux Arts Festival community collage project.

Found object sculptor George Manus is en route to Steamboat from his home in Albuquerque, N.M. to orchestrate the creation of a sculpture made from farm implements, old tools and shovels -- whatever this town has to discard -- as part of the first annual, 10-day Beaux Arts Festival.

Arts Council executive director Nancy Kramer met Manus in 1999 at Loveland's Sculpture in the Park event.

"My first impression was that he was one of the most creative people I had met," she said. "He is totally enthusiastic about his art. He's just one of the best at what he does."

Kramer invited Manus to Steamboat for the Art for the Millenium show in 2000.

"We worked with him on several pieces for that summer," Kramer said. Two Manus sculptures remain in town -- a dinosaur in Stehley Park at the mouth of Butcherknife Canyon and a found object "watch" at the entrance of Ski Time Square.

Over the course of the week, Manus will weld the offered items together -- form from chaos -- and spectators should feel free to participate in the design as much as they want, Kramer said.

The community collage project starts next week on the grassy area next to the Strings Music Tent.

Manus will be joined throughout the week by metal sculptor Malen Pierson and local artists Wayne Kakela and David Haridan, Kramer said.

The community collage project portion of the Beaux Arts Festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Monday night with the Sculpture Yard Stomp arts party at the Slopeside Grill featuring music by Loose Change and a repeat performance of "Mody and the Dance of Life."

The found object sculpture will remain on display throughout the festival.

Anyone with metal objects to donate can bring them to the Sculpture Yard Stomp or bring them to the sculpting station in the upper part of the Torian Plum Plaza on Aug. 12.

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