City sculptures removed for restoration work

Art installations temporarily taken from Bowles Grove Park, Mary Carter Greenway

Posted 2/11/19

Pac-Man is getting a facelift. The big steel sculpture in Bowles Grove Park — which locals often refer to as Pac-Man for its resemblance to the video game — is one of three public artworks …

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City sculptures removed for restoration work

Art installations temporarily taken from Bowles Grove Park, Mary Carter Greenway

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Pac-Man is getting a facelift.

The big steel sculpture in Bowles Grove Park — which locals often refer to as Pac-Man for its resemblance to the video game — is one of three public artworks undergoing restoration work this winter.

The sculpture, actually titled “Again” and built by artist Tommy Hicks, is in need of some TLC, said Jenny Hankinson, the Littleton Museum's curator of collections and liaison to the city's Fine Arts Board.

“It was in a world of hurt,” Hankinson said. “When you see it up close, you can see damage from graffiti and being repainted.”

The sculpture is supposed to rotate, but it's gotten corroded and off-kilter since it was installed in 1981, Hankinson said.

Crews from Denver-based Art Management and Planning Associates removed the sculpture at the end of January, according to a city press release, and plan to repair failed welds and restore the interior kinetic workings.

Two other sculptures will get some work done this winter as well, Hankinson said.

“Under a Watchful Eye” and “Hanging Around,” two bronze sculptures that adorn the entrance to The Hudson Gardens along the Mary Carter Greenway Trail, were also removed for restoration work, according to the press release. Artist Stephen LeBlanc will apply fresh patina to bring back the sculptures' shine.

“The coating wears off, especially in Colorado's extreme sun and temperature changes,” Hankinson said. “UV rays do a lot of damage to our skin — and statues.”

“Hanging Around” was installed in 1996, and “Under a Watchful Eye” in 2004.

All three sculptures are expected to be back in place by the end of March, Hankinson said. The three restoration projects will cost the city about $12,000, which she said was well worth it.

“A city gets so much out of public art,” Hankinson said. “It tells residents and visitors that we value not just public places, but creativity. It says we're a thriving city.”

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