"Butterfly" Flies Off With Art on Parade Honor
Sculpture will be Permanently Placed in Northglenn, Colorado
The Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundation (NAHF) has announced that California artist Patricia Vader is the recipient of the 2017/2018 People’s Choice Award for her sculpture, Butterfly.
The award is part of Northglenn’s Art on Parade program. The program features on-loan, outdoor sculpture exhibited at E.B. Rains Jr. Memorial Park for one year. The public votes for their favorite, and NAHF works toward purchasing the piece for permanent display in the City of Northglenn. NAHF has already secured funding for the piece from the Scientific and Cultural Facilities District (SCFD).
Butterfly is an eye-catching kinetic sculpture with multi-colored reflectors and aluminum disks that sparkle in the sun. The spinning windmills on the butterfly wings, some of which are mounted on bicycle forks, also gyrate in the wind. The wind-driven motion used in many of Vader's sculptures adds a dimension of interest for the general public. One of Vader's objectives with this work was to show that sculpture can be playful and fun as well as beautiful and stately. This is a large sculpture sitting at more than 18 feet tall with a wing span (no pun) of 13 feet wide. For more information about Ms. Vader, visit www.PatriciaVader.com
The piece will remain on display at the park through May 2018, at which time six new sculptures on loan will be installed. The permanent location for Butterfly will be announced in the summer of 2018.