A new bronze statue is apparently in the works for Golden, part of the preparation for the USA Pro Cycling Challenge scheduled to return this August. As I understand it, the city’s contract with the bike race includes a commitment to commission and install a piece of art related to the race. The city’s plan: install a statue of Levi Leipheimer, the winner of last year’s race.
Personally, I’m not that excited about another bronze statue in Golden … we’ve got quite a few already … but I’m even less enthused about a statue of someone with no relationship to Golden at all except that he spent a few hours here during a bike race last year.
But the bigger issue, I think, is whether the public gets any input into the city’s decisions about public art. As it stands now, the community itself has virtually no input on our public art program, not on how the program works, what type of art we install on public property, where this art is installed, how much more art we want, or anything else.
Whatever you think about the proposed Levi Leipheimer statue or about the bigger issue of public input on Golden’s public art program, if you’ve got an opinion you might let City Council know:
(Photo from Wikipedia).