Sculptor brings “Peace” to Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice
Adapted from a story by Sara Miller in the Canyon Courier, Oct. 29, 2008
In 1994, a small group of residents wanted to put a sculpture in front of the Evergreen library. They raised the money, and “Planting Evergreen,” a large sculpture depicting mother and child planting an evergreen tree, was permanently placed in front of the building.
Since then, Art for the Mountain Community has brought hundreds of public art pieces to Evergreen through the annual sculpture walk as well as permanent installations throughout town. In October 2008, AMC added another piece to Evergreen’s permanent collection. A large bronze sculpture titled “Peace” was placed at the new Mount Evans Home Health Care & Hospice building on Bergen Peak Drive facing Evergreen Parkway.
“Peace” was selected from more than 75 entries in a public art competition created by AMC. The focus of the project was to honor the valuable contributions of Mount Evans Home Health Care and Hospice to our community and convey the spirit of hope and strength that characterize the organization.
There couldn’t be a more perfect fit in design or story than this looming bronze sculpture, created by Fort Collins artist Lorri Acott. The statue stands over six feet tall and depicts a person standing on tip-toe, reaching skyward to release five paper cranes.
Acott’s connection to Evergreen began in 2006 when she came to lead a “Women with Wings” workshop. The workshop is designed to bring women of all ages and walks of life together to share their stories and work together to create a powerful work of art that documents their lives. It was a short time later that Mark Anthony King of Stoneheart Gallery in Evergreen discovered Acott’s unique sculptures and began carrying them in the gallery.
“Mark had suggested that I apply for Evergreen’s annual sculpture walk. When I looked up the sculpture walk on AMC’s website, I discovered the application for the piece at Mount Evans Hospice,” says Acott.
“I had a sculpture that I called “Peace” that I thought would be perfect for it. My older brother died of brain cancer 14 years ago. Hospice was instrumental in helping his family through that. For me, the opportunity that this would be placed at hospice and would encourage or inspire other families that were going through a difficult time was huge.”
This is not an accident. All of her sculptures are created as celebrations of the human spirit. The cracks in the finished pieces are a reference to the fact that we are all fragile and strong at the same time. She creates the elongated legs to signify rising above life’s challenges.
The most stunning part of the sculpture is the group of colorful origami cranes held aloft by the statue. Acott began using paper cranes in her work after reading the non-fiction children’s book, “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.”
“In the Japanese tradition, the origami cranes are about peace, hope and good wishes. I felt like that would be a really key piece for hospice. Hopefully it could lift people up. The people that work there and volunteer there are amazing individuals who lift others up every day,” says Acott.
To see more of Acott’s work, visit www.lorriacottfowler.com. You can also see her sculpture “Conversations with Myself” in front of Evergreen National Bank. For information on Art for the Mountain Community’s work in Evergreen, visit www.mountainart.org.