Art On Parade

Entries for the 2017-2018 Art On Parade program are listed below. Click on the sculpture’s tab for information on the work.  All of these sculptures are on view at EB Rains Jr. Memorial Park until May 2018 – vote for your favorite sculpture until November 3, 2017 by scrolling down on this page.  The sculpture with the most votes will be permanently installed in Northglenn. All of the sculptures are available for sale by the artists – contact Michael Stricker at 303.450.8727 for more information.



2017-2018 Entries



Artist: Patricia Vader, CA

Medium: Painted Steel and Aluminum

Dimensions: 18’ x 13’ x 6’

Cost: $25,000

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 in many of my sculptures adds a dimension of interest to the general public.  I want to show that sculpture can be playful and fun as well as beautiful and stately at the same time.


Light Waves

Artist: David Farquharson, CO

Medium: Steel and Light

Dimensions: 12’ x 4’ x 1’

Cost: $8,000

Layers of meshed steel overlap and combine to create a Moiré style illusion of more complex patterns.  Waves, ripples and undulations appear to dance throughout the piece as the viewer moves around it.  Colors blend and change through the positive and negative spaces in the multiple layers of partially transparent material.  Solar panels charge up during the day to light up the piece at night.


Hard Right Turn: Sparrow

Artist: Robert Porreca, OH

Medium: Epoxy Resin and Fiberglass Cloth

Dimensions: 6’ x 5’ x 4’

Cost: $8,000

Movement and fluttering is a secondary subject in Sparrow. When viewed from behind, a change takes place: the sparrow morphs into abstraction.  It has been said that there seems to be a sunburst or flower present in the sculpture which is fitting since birds often fly across the sun or disappear into flowers.


Spiral Spirals   

Artist: Christopher Thomson, NM

Medium: Hand-Forged Steel and Powder Coat

Dimensions: 123” x 36” x 36”

Cost: $25,000

Spiral Spirals is an arrangement of 14 conic spirals.  In my blacksmith shop, I hammer hot steel bars into long tapers, wrap them around mandrels into tightly packed cones, and stretch them out to length.  Varied heat and cross sections cause natural variations to their shape.  In the improvisational “heat of the moment” I encourage, amplify and direct these variations.  I then compose them into groups of three with an eye toward their interplay.


Twisted Perch

Artist: Debra Zelenak, WY

Medium: Bronze

Dimensions: 29” x 22” x 22”

Cost: $8,700

When I am out hiking and need a “breather”, I like to pick a spot to rest where there is something interesting to observe.  I believe that other creatures do the same, like these three birds resting on this twisted perch.

I’m constantly amazed at the intricacy and beauty found in natural objects.  The branches of this sculpture were modeled after an actual root ball I found on one of my outings.