The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center in Pueblo, Colorado, is an amazing building. Like many of the homes and buildings in Pueblo it is made of brick. But this building is only 40 years old and very modern. It houses several permanent collections and in June, 2012, Under Western Skies features works by Western artists from the collections. The building is beautiful inside as well as outside so it is always a pleasure to walk through the three floors of art. There is a rather unique series of pieces using Fairy Tales as inspirations, but not too literally.
A walk through a forest of hanging cloth panels of aspen trees is “interactive.” From high in the trees, sparkling masks stare down eerily.
Currently, though, I had more fun outside, than inside. The bronze statues, a light post, a couple of trees, and the stair rails are wrapped with yarn pieces done by what looks like a mad hatter’s workshop. When I asked inside who had done the knitting, the receptionist said simply, “those people over there.” Since we couldn’t find any people over there, I’m going with my initial impression of the mad hatter. These are pieces made of different textures of yarn, some look knitted, some may be crocheted, some fuzzy, some stringy. A bronze carousel horse has his tail and mane augmented with yarn, a bronze girl, Her Quiet Moment by L’Deane Trueblood, has a yarn lei added on, and the stair railing’s twist of metal is “scarfed.” All are delightful bursts of color and textures. The soft yarn contrasts with the hard metal and bark.
Very cool. Very funky.