The Steamboat Springs Arts Council and other members of the community are working with local artist Jim Selbe to place his metal sculpture of a herd of horses at Yampa Valley Regional Airport.
Selbe, who is a Steamboat native and a nationally known artist, recently was awarded a grant by the Arts Council. The grant also was funded by Art in Public Places. The grant was awarded to the city of Steamboat Springs so that Selbe could construct his sculpture, which measures 12 feet by 27 feet, and place it at the airport for public viewing.
Selbe is known mostly for his sculptures. He works as a fulltime artist for Rollingstone Art Studios, where he does graphic design and metal work.
He constructs sculptures out of marble, bronze and steel, and he also produces jewelry.
"I founded Rollingstone Art Studios," Selbe said. "My main interest is sculpture, and I wanted a place where I could create my sculptures."
The horse sculpture was refurbished and restored by Storm Mountain Metal before being displayed at the airport for all to see.
The Arts Council is a community-based, nonprofit organization that was established in 1972. Its goal is to bring different forms of art to the Steamboat community.
The Arts Council is dedicated to art and cultural programming, and its programs include the annual Art in the Park event, in which local artists, such as Selbe, spend a day showing off their work.
Nancy Kramer is the executive director of the Arts Council. She and other council members were happy to award the grant to Selbe so that everyone in the community could admire his work.
"An effort like this not only benefits the artist but also the entire Steamboat community," Kramer said.
The community project to take Selbe's sculpture to the airport was funded by Steamboat Ski and Resort Corp. The sculpture was placed between connected airport windows.