Art finds a way.
November 6, 2014 11:53 AM Subscribe
Controversial public art is nothing new in Colorado, the state whose largest airport welcomes you with Blucifer, the red-eyed demon mustang who tragically killed his own sculptor. But for many citizens of Durango, CO, this summer's $28,000 installation of Tom Holmes' piece "Arc of History" wasn't unsettling so much as simply aesthetically insipid. Described as "a giant stone Batman signal," "a flying piece of excrement at the intersection of Highways 160 and 550," or more succinctly, "Turd Rock," Arc of History drew little praise until last week, when an anonymous local resident placed a handmade dinosaur head atop the sculpture on Halloween. But Arc of History's new Mesozoic look was not to be. On Monday afternoon, police received a call that a group of local youth had pilfered the head, sending Durango residents in an uproar. On Wednesday evening, the Durango Herald reported that the dinosaur head had been surrendered to police custody:
"The dinosaur head is now in evidence, [Durango Police Department spokesman Lt. Ray ] Shupe said...
Studio & member artist Scott Dye, who analyzed photos of the dinosaur head taken whilst it was atop the Arc of History, said that the dinosaur head did not appear to be store-bought. In fact, he said, whoever created it showed tremendous technique, considerable artistry and a keen sense of proportion.
It’s unclear whether the dinosaur head had been damaged while in the care of the people who plundered it.
When the Herald requested to photograph the dinosaur head in Durango Police Department’s evidence room next to a uniformed police officer, Shupe refused, saying, “No, I can’t let you do that,” citing concerns relating to chain of evidence and the concept of professionalism.
Requests to photograph a uniformed police officer wearing the dinosaur head like a hat were likewise denied."
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