Posted by: Waheeda Harris | June 20, 2012

Smalltown creations

Taking a break in the middle of a roadtrip, its fun to stop somewhere without knowing anything about a place.

On my way to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Reserve, my group stopped in the wee town of Salida, Colorado, to have lunch, stretch our legs, and take a break from the road.

Just before we parked the small van to go for lunch, I spotted through a window a large group of sculptures – the classic images of the west: horse, moose and fox. And a giraffe.

I thought about how most visitors to small town Colorado expect the standard dedication to all things western – especially in art. Would anyone come here to find art inspired by other places?

What’s wrong with creating art based on the local landscape, cowboys or horses?

But really why shouldn’t an artist show what is their inspiration? The key to good art is always something created with passion – and for this artist, an African animal was just as inspiring as any local wildlife.

So although it may seem strange to some, its a comment on our world – we’re all connected and have the ability to see so much – so a giraffe statue in small town southern Colorado – well that makes sense as a locally-sourced souvenir.

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