The Cherry Hills Village Art Commission has chosen acclaimed Colorado artist Joe Norman to design a custom sculpture series to be placed in John Meade Park. The Commission envisioned one of the sculptures being based on the monarch butterfly; the monarch is now endangered, but can be found in Cherry Hills Village in June on its way north and in September on its return migration to the south.
Mr. Norman’s proposal includes a series of three 6’ sculptures to be placed around the park. The pieces appear to be local wildlife (a monarch butterfly, a broad-tailed hummingbird, and a Great Horned Owl) when viewed from one direction and playing children when viewed from a different angle. The artist’s description of the sculpture theme is an inspiring message of resiliency, adaptability, and interdependence. The full proposal is available at the link below, and scale models of each sculpture (pictured above) are available to view at City Hall. A video of Joe Norman describing the sculptures and theme is embedded below. City Council affirmed their support for this project at their meeting on Dec. 14th, 2022. This permanent series is intended to be the only art within John Meade Park.
The Art Commission plans to fund the sculptures primarily through community support, and they are nearly halfway to their goal. The three sculptures will total $120,000 for fabrication and installation. To make a donation, checks made out to the City of Cherry Hills Village can be sent to the Cherry Hills Village Art Commission, 2450 E. Quincy Ave, Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113. Donations can also be made by credit card over the phone; donations are tax-deductible. Please call Parks Project & Operations Manager Emily Black at (303) 783-2742 for questions or to make a donation.