Public Art Takes Wings
Glenwood Springs, the historic, hot springs town is flying high with its newest public art – butterfly and angel wings! Glenwood Springs is a town known for its innovative offerings, including the world’s largest mineral hot springs pool and America’s only mountaintop theme park.
The latest craze in the historic Colorado mountain town is public wing art. There are currently four sets of eye-catching wings tucked away in discrete areas of the downtown core. You will find them in alleyways and on historic buildings. Wings Inspiration The wings idea came from a local business owner who wanted to find a way to move people throughout the downtown shopping district creatively. Chrissy Lee-Manes of Homsted, a natural lifestyle retail store, said she came up with the wings concept to help revitalize and beautify some of the less visited places in the downtown core.
“The wings not only give people a fun reason to explore,” she said, “they also offer our visitors a way to take home a piece of their Glenwood Springs experience.” Chrissy’s idea took flight when the Glenwood Springs Downtown Development Authority (DDA) funded the project. “There are currently four sets of wings throughout the downtown and another three to four in the works,” said DDA executive director, Laura Kirk. “We are so appreciative of Chrissy’s vision and leadership in helping to make this project a reality.” The DDA has collaborated with the City of Glenwood Springs and the Glenwood Springs Chamber Resort Association (GSCRA), to get the word out about the new public art.