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Museum Planning Restoration Work on Three Outdoor Sculptures
Starting today, residents may notice the removal of several sculptures from their long-time installation sites. These works are part of the City of Littleton’s Fine Arts Board collection, and have been slated for conservation. The works will all be re-installed later this spring.
The most notable removal will be of Tommy Hicks’ Again, which most residents may recognize as the large steel sculpture that resembles “PAC-MAN,” located at the northwest corner of W. Bowles Avenue and S. Federal Boulevard in Bowles Grove Park. The sculpture, installed in 1981, is made of CorTen steel, and is intended to rotate. Damage from water and ice inside the sculpture has caused the internal kinetic junction to break, making the work tilt off center. Conservation will include repair of failed welds, and restoration of the interior kinetic workings. Previous vandalism and graffiti will be sandblasted and repainted using the artist’s original color scheme of yellow inside one cut-out wedge, and green inside the other.
The other sculptures, Under a Watchful Eye, and Hanging Around, both by Stephen LeBlanc, will be removed from their current location along the Mary Carter Greenway Trail, near the entrance to The Hudson Gardens & Event Center. These two bronze works are being moved as Hudson Gardens is preparing to start construction to expand and redesign the entrance. During this construction period, the sculptures will be removed and new patina will be applied by the artist. Hanging Around was purchased by the Littleton Fine Arts Board, and installed in 1996. Under a Watchful Eye was installed in 2004. The bronze was purchased using funds from the Littleton Fine Arts Board, and a donation from Mary Bradford, in memory of her daughter, Wendy Carpenter Bowe.
All three works will be handled by Art Management & Planning Associates, Inc. (AMPA), located in Denver, Colorado. The staff of AMPA has extensive experience in de-installing, moving, conservation, and re-installation of large artworks, and is frequently contracted by other public arts agencies throughout the metro area.
For questions about the process, contact Jenny Hankinson, Curator of Collections at the Littleton Museum.