Northern Colorado commuters, say goodbye to Equinox, the giant sculpture of three horses galloping along a ribbon of railroad tracks at the intersection of Interstate 35 and U.S. Highway 34.
At least, for now.
The 5-story-tall sculpture, put in place in 2014 on the northeast corner of the interchange, will be taken down in the next couple of weeks, according to the city of Loveland.
That’s because the interchange is being redesigned as part of the North I-25 Express Lanes Project, will will widen I-25 between Mulberry Street in Fort Collins and south Loveland. The sculpture will be placed in storage “until a new location can be selected,” according to a city news release.
Equinox was created by three Loveland residents — figurative sculptor Jack Kreutzer, structural engineer and artist Doug Rutledge and artist and philanthropist Doug Erion —and was inspired by the art of Arapahoe and Cheyenne Plains Indians.
The three steel horses are 24 feet by 12 feet, and the track is 100 feet long. Loveland says it’s the biggest public art project in city history. It cost $225,000, and the money came from a Colorado Department of Transportation grant and Loveland’s Art in Public Places fund.
If you look closely at the sculpture, you can see each horse is slightly different. One horse symbolizes community volunteerism, featuring a hand and a section of the Big Thompson River. Another represents Loveland’s status as the Sweetheart City, with a heart. The third symbolizes Loveland’s “present and future high-tech economies and its romantic past,” showing a printed circuit board and a railroad network.
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The 13-ton sculpture will be dismantled and removed from its 54-ton concrete support system with help from a crane. LPR Construction, which installed the sculpture, will remove it.
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