The 2019/20 People’s Choice Award Winner Named
The Northglenn Arts and Humanities Foundation (NAHF) announces Michigan artist Jeff Best is the recipient of the 2019/2020 People’s Choice Award for the barbless barbed-wire sculpture Salvere. 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).
Jeff Best resides in Clare, Michigan and is an avid outdoorsman. His love for the outdoors has inspired him creatively through the medium of wire sculptures. More specifically, barbed-wire sculptures. Yes, the same old barbed-wire that has severed its original purpose by holding back livestock and defining a landowners boundary.
“I love the story of old. A broken down barn or thread barren piece of furniture, or a rusted old farm implement which has served its purpose, patiently awaiting its final decay,” states Best. “Unlike the barbed-wire fence that held back livestock we ourselves are the only thing holding us back. We might be old and rusty but we can still offer an esthetically pleasing purpose if we’re willing to be molded into a new form.”
Salvere is Latin for “to be saved”. Made of reclaimed wire, the draft horse is named Amigo after a horse his father owned over 50 years ago. The work was inspired by watching the big Belgium horses who worked the fields. Their movement, strength and determination runs a parallel between nature and the human experience. “Without hesitation we preserve each and every day pass after pass. God bless the draft horse in each of us.”
For more information about Jeff Best, visit DevilsRopeStudio.com