A public art project for our community, by our community, about our community.
Lead artists Allison Leigh Smith and Bryce Pettit set out in February 2018 to create a public art piece for Durango’s 550/160 highway median. While holding free public workshops, online submissions, schoolroom classes, and pop-up meetings around town, the same question was asked over and over again:
What do you love about Durango?
Answers were shared and commonalities were immediately apparent. We love our mountains; the trees; our beloved Animas. Symbols for essentials like time with family and friends arose. Our love of adventure and nature is at the forefront of why we choose to live here. Wildlife and pets are equally cherished and chosen as symbols of home.
Included in this art show is a sample of Durangotans’ submissions. Within the show’s frames are designs that are developing directly and indirectly from these ideas. The designs, once finalized, will be laser-cut from steel panels and installed late Fall, 2019.
Ultimately, Common Threads will include approximately 400 participants and boast contributions made by local beloved artists: Cindy Atchison, Miki Harder, Sam Bridgham, and Tim Kapustka.