Grand Junction, CO (June 11, 2018) – Downtown Grand Junction is looking forward to the re-installation of the beloved “Shell Boys” sculpture. Originally installed in 1992, this sculpture has been a long-standing staple to the Main Street art experience.
During this years’ evaluation of Art on the Corner pieces, “Shell Boys” needed a fair amount of restoration and maintenance, as calcium buildup and corrosion had affected the sculpture. With the help of Landsend Sculpture Center in Paonia, Co., the “Shell Boys” received the care needed to look like new. After spending nearly a month in Paonia, the boys are ready to make their debut with a fresh coat of patina, wax, and a seal at their home on 6th and Main.
“We’re really looking forward to having this piece back Downtown,” Brandon Stam, Downtown Director stated. “Getting the ‘Shell Boys’ fixed up is part of a larger effort to maintain and take care of these sculptures so that they can be enjoyed by local shops, residents, and visitors.”
The Downtown Development Authority purchased this sculpture in 1993, after winning the 1992 People’s Choice Award. It then became part of the permanent Art on the Corner collection, managed by Downtown Grand Junction. Artist Gary Price created this piece and explained “the piece was inspired by my two boys playing with shells and dumping water onto each other.”
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