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Statue planned for lawn

Chamber's 100-year gift to courthouse features life-size children

Mike Lawrence

— Next spring, a new statue will likely adorn the Routt County Courthouse lawn.

The Steamboat Springs Chamber Resort Association, which is celebrating its 100th year, has announced its centennial gift to the city. The “statue in the round” will be cast in bronze and feature three life-size children playing together while representing the three dominant aspects of Routt County’s heritage: skiing, mining and ranching. Each child will represent one of the aspects through clothing and equipment. The statue will be 8 feet wide and is planned for a 30-foot-by-30-foot site on the east side of the courthouse lawn, near the trees along Fifth Street.

“This is a very interactive sculpture,” Dean Vogelaar, president of the Chamber’s board of directors, said to the Steamboat Springs City Council and Routt County Commissioners in a joint meeting July 9.

“It will be something kids can climb on and play on, and a real nice meeting place for the community,” Vogelaar said.

“It will be the Billy Kidd of downtown,” added Chamber Board member Kathy Stokes, comparing the statue to the statue of Kidd, an iconic local skier and former Olympian, that is a common meeting spot at the base of Steamboat Ski Area.

Vogelaar said a $40,000 grant from Steamboat resident Les Liman and $40,000 from the Chamber will fund the statue, which the Chamber will maintain.

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Local artist Sandra Graves designed the statue. Other work by Graves is on display in the “Independence” exhibit at The Artists’ Gallery of Steamboat through July 30. Work by local artists Phil Wright and Mary Levingston also is part of the exhibit.

Routt County Commissioner Nancy Stahoviak said the county supports the concept for the Chamber’s statue. Commissioner Doug Monger suggested that spurs and chaps be added to the child representing ranching in Routt County.

City Council President Pro-tem Steve Ivancie said he is “very impressed” by the statue.

Bob White, director of Routt County’s human services department, echoed that sentiment and praised the statue’s focus on children.

“I still think this is the neatest place on the planet to raise kids,” White said.

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