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The Bronze Sculptures of Loveland, Colorado: An Art Lover's Paradise

I live in Houston, and I have worked as a nurse. My interests include art, traveling, reading, gardening, cooking, and our wonderful pets.

One of the many sculptures found in Benson Park of Loveland, Colorado

One of the many sculptures found in Benson Park of Loveland, Colorado

Art Paradise Discovery!

Loveland, Colorado is an absolute paradise for anyone who appreciates art and sculpture. These pictures are just a small sample of what there is to see when visiting this town in North Central Colorado.

In July 1999, my mother and I took an airplane to Colorado Springs from Houston, Texas to begin our 11-day adventure of traveling and sightseeing in the State of Colorado. We rented a car and headed out exploring on our own. Having some major destinations in mind, Loveland was just one of those happy discoveries that we made along the way.

My mother and I had been staying in Estes Park. On the day of our adventure, we took the road 34 East. Several old stagecoach inns built in the years 1893 and 1902 were visited by us while on our way to our destination that day. Seeing these rustic reminders of our American past was an added bit of enjoyment. When we reached Loveland we could hardly believe our eyes!

Benson Park

This scenic town abounds with a great multitude of outdoor bronze sculptures along with other types of art. A great number of them are located in the Benson Park Sculpture Garden and are presented by the Loveland High Plains Arts Council.

In the three photos of sculptures pictured above can't you just hear the glee in the children's voices as they go sliding down the hill? Imagine the fun the dogs are having while playing tug of war with that shoe. Does the bronze sculpture of the boys riding the bicycle spark any fond memories for you? One sculpture was more engaging than the next.

Paths lead through the beautifully landscaped lawn and pond area. Shrubs and flowers along with native trees act as artful backdrops to the sculptures of many forms and likenesses.

Colorado Central Railroad

This township was named after William A.H. Loveland. He was at one time the President of the Colorado Central Railroad.

Founded in 1877 and near the rails, this locale was an early agricultural area. Now other businesses have taken the place of agriculture being the prime means of making a living. As of the 2000 census, a little over 50,000 people reside there and call Loveland, Colorado their home.

Sculptures Galore!

This is an artist's haven with over 100 pieces of art on display in Benson Park alone and over 300 pieces of public art that can be seen elsewhere in town. The town has three foundries where these large scaled bronze sculptures are fashioned. Creation of those massive sculptures in the towns three foundries is a good business for the local artisans who craft them from artist's original designs.

Each August, people come from all points of the globe to attend an annual sculpture show here. Local artists, as well as national and even some international ones, display their sculptures and sell them to appreciative art lovers. Proceeds from the show help pay for the sculptures in Benson Park as well as other park improvements.

Wandering the grounds of Benson Park and other areas, it is easy to imagine what sparked the creativity of the many artists who fashioned these sculptures.

  • There are numerous bird sculptures inspired by natural surroundings and the avian creatures that are seen in them.
  • Horses and cowboy sculptures make sense. After all, this is Colorado where many cowboys would have lived and still do reside.
  • Wild critters that still roam the mountains and meadows would be the prime subject matter for artists.
  • Native Americans would be natural subject material as well.
  • Waterfowl and turtles are viewed in sculpture form. Water comprises almost one mile out of about 25 square miles in this town of Loveland, Colorado. With mountains in the distance, this is a gorgeous setting.

It was a glorious day as we were wandering through Benson Park although there was a chance of rain. We carried collapsible umbrellas which never had to be opened but like good girl scouts, we were prepared.

The pathways wound through the park and the bronze sculptures were appropriately placed. It was such a pleasure taking the circuitous pathways throughout Benson Park and each sculpture that greeted us along the way was such a treat to behold.

With the smell of the flowers, the rippling of the water, the birds chirping in the swaying treetops above us and those uniquely crafted sculptures scattered throughout Benson Park, it is a park which any art lover would relish visiting.

Benson Park With Winter Landscape

North Lake Park and Lake Loveland

After thoroughly enjoying our sojourn in Benson Park, we wandered through adjacent North Lake Park. This is a 50-acre park consisting of athletic fields, courts for basketball and other sports, a miniature train, picnic areas, an amphitheater and a beach on the lake among other things. It is a real gathering point for the locals and visitors and celebrations are regularly held there such as the annual 4th of July fireworks display.

An old school house building that was constructed in 1883 and which was later utilized for grain storage is situated in this park. School children appeared to be touring that old school house and were also playing in that lovely setting.

At Lake Loveland, residents were sunbathing on the shore as well as swimming and playing in the refreshing water.

Not many towns have so much in the way of recreational activities in their midst with scenic mountains in the distance and art sculptures almost every place where one gazes. Wow! Beauty and sheer pleasure are wound together in a most lovely package called Loveland, Colorado.

Across the street from North Lake Park was an art gallery with even more sculptures outside!

One could go on and on photographing and showcasing the beautiful sculptures found in this area. This next piece was found at the entrance to a subdivision.

Sculpture in Loveland, CO

Sculpture in Loveland, CO

The signature wooden carved sculpture is readily seen on the way in to Loveland from Estes Park or when departing on the same Highway 34 in Colorado.

Signature sculpture seen outside of Loveland, Colorado

Signature sculpture seen outside of Loveland, Colorado

More About Loveland

Although the sculptures were highlighted in this post, there is much more to this town, especially for outdoor adventure enthusiasts. This is Colorado after all!

  • A ski area with lifts can accommodate many winter visitors just 2 1/2 hours drive away from this town.
  • Carter Lake and Boyd Lake State Park are two open areas for boating, fishing, camping and more.
  • The Devil's Backbone Open Space is an area for hiking and biking.
  • Another aspect of this town has to do with Valentine's Day. You might have guessed that they have an ongoing business of remailing Valentine's cards with the Loveland postmark on the front of the envelope. The citizens of this town are enterprising folks!

All of this my mother and I did not know when we decided to see the countryside outside of Estes Park for one day. According to Nicole Yost (for Visit Loveland Colorado) there is the Sylvan Dale Guest Ranch between Estes Park and Loveland where "People love to embrace their inner cowboy at the ranch."

This town in Colorado was not only a most pleasant surprise to us but will remain in this author's memory as long as she lives. Hopefully you enjoyed these pictures taken that day and understand why I have labeled this a sculpture and art lover's paradise in Colorado.

To get an idea of the largest outdoor juried sculpture show in the nation check out this video.

Questions & Answers

Question: What is the Indian sculpture on 287 by the Loveland Cemetery?

Answer: That sculpture near the Loveland Cemetery is titled "Winning the Iron Shirt" and is a monument created by Fritz White. You can see an image of it and what was written about it by the artist by going to this link: http://www.fritzwhite.net/resources/monuments/Winn...

© 2010 Peggy Woods

Comments are welcomed.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 10, 2017:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Loveland, Colorado is a fantastic place to visit if a person likes seeing a bounty of wonderful bronze sculptures amidst natural beauty. Glad you noticed it on Twitter.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 10, 2017:

Saw this on Twitter. Seems like a beautiful place to visit!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 17, 2014:

Hi vespawoolf,

Hope you do get to visit there someday especially if your in-laws do not live too far distant. Those sculptures are simply amazing! Some have the western theme but many do not.

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on March 15, 2014:

I've never been to Loveland and didn't know about the bronze sculptures. What a nice trip for you and your mother. The sculptures do seem to come to life. Although it doesn't fit the mostly Western theme, I particularly like the sculpture of the boys riding the crocodile. So imaginative! And the girls balancing on the log is nice, too. You never know--maybe someday we'll have an opportunity to go as my in-laws don't live too far from there.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2012:

Hello unknown spy,

Thanks for the 5 star rating! Hope you get to see those amazing Loveland, Colorado sculptures for yourself someday. They are, as you say, AAHMAZZINGGGG!!! Appreciate your comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2012:

Hello sgbrown,

Loveland, Colorado is an easy sojourn from Estes Park where we were also spending some time. Perhaps you will get back there someday? There are always decisions to be made and only so much time when on vacation. You probably saw delightful things that we missed seeing. Thanks for your comment and votes.

Life Under Construction from Neverland on May 11, 2012:

5 stars!!! AAHMAZZINGGGG!!! I would love to visit this place one day..well.. i hope so..anyway, it's free to dream.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2012:

Hi moonlake,

Thanks for your 5 star rating on this Loveland, Colorado hub. Anyone who likes bronze sculptures would fall in love with this place! Appreciate your comment.

Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on May 11, 2012:

Wonderful hub! I love all the sculptures. This first one is probably my favorite, so awesome. You are very lucky to get to visit there. I was in Estes Park a couple of years ago, I wish I had known about he this place. I would definately paid it a visit. Very good, detailed information, thank you for sharing with us. Voted up and interesting! Have a wonderful day! :)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2012:

Hi Nell,

You would LOVE visiting Loveland, Colorado since you enjoy sculptures. I have never seen so many in one place in my entire life. Thanks for your comment.

moonlake from America on May 11, 2012:

I missed this hub. How pretty I wouldn't mind going there. Really enjoyed your hub. Gave it 5 stars.

Nell Rose from England on May 11, 2012:

Wow! this was so fantastic! I love sculpture, the older ones not so much the modern. As in Paintings I don't like modern art but the traditional. My favorite is definitely the indian in your top picture, and the other sculptures were amazing too, wonderful hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on January 19, 2012:

Hi Eddy,

Nice to know that you enjoyed getting to see the sculptures in Loveland, Colorado via this hub. It is a fantastic place for art lovers and also has such natural beauty. I am so glad that we decided to head in that direction for one day of our vacation. Thanks for your comment.

Eiddwen from Wales on January 19, 2012:

I'm not sure how I missed this one;however it didn't diminish any of the interest or beauty.

An up up and away here for sure.

Take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.

Eiddwen from Wales on January 19, 2012:

Wow Peggy I don't how I missed this one; however it is still as interesting.

A great hub as always from yoiu Peggy;take care and enjoy your day.

Eddy.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on September 26, 2011:

Hello Dr. Daniel J. Lere,

Here is a link to the artists for the 2011 sculpture show in Loveland: http://www.sculptureinthepark.org/gallery/artists....

Also above is a link to the Loveland High Plains Arts Council. Good luck with your search for the right artist to create that bronze statue.

Dr. Daniel J. Lere on September 26, 2011:

Can you tell me how we can find out the names of the artists? We are looking at doing a bronze statue of a young man and we are looking around for a good bronze artist. Thank you. danlere@sdc-arts.org

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on October 22, 2010:

Hello louisxfourie,

Anyone liking sculptures would certainly enjoy visiting Loveland, Colorado. It truly is a stunning place! Thanks for the visit and comment.

Louis Fourie from Johannesburg, South Africa on October 22, 2010:

Stunning place.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 29, 2010:

Hello yashar,

I hope that you get to see the wonderful sculptures that abound in Loveland, Colorado someday also. It is a beautiful place! Thanks for reading and commenting.

yashar on June 29, 2010:

hope someday i can see this place thats be great

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on April 05, 2010:

Hello soumyasrajan,

Happy to hear that these pictures of the sculptures and other scenery in Loveland, Colorado brought back happy memories for you of your year long stay in Fort Collins. Thanks for leaving this nice comment.

soumyasrajan from Mumbai India and often in USA on April 05, 2010:

Hi! Peggy!

Enjoyed yr article, pictures. I had stayed in Fort Collins, Colorado about 35 years back for a year during my first visit to USA and used to often pass through Loveland, while going from Denver to Fort Collins. Your sweet article and pictures reminded me of those nice old days. That whole area has natural beauty, people are nice, specially students.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 27, 2010:

Greetings Deborah Demander,

Loveland, Colorado is so beautiful and I am not surprised to hear from you that it is also a wonderful place to live. My mother and I were thinking that it would be a great place to live and especially to raise a family when we visited there. Do you have occasions to go back and visit? Thank you for the comment.

Deborah Demander Reno from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD on March 27, 2010:

Thank you for a beautiful hub. I am from Loveland, and have relocated to Wyoming. I realize looking at your photography how much I miss home. It is a wonderful place to live. Thanks so much.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 17, 2010:

Hello upan19,

Happy to have been able to share these pictures taken in Loveland, Colorado with you. Glad you liked it. Appreciate the comment.

Ashraf Mir from Dhaka on March 17, 2010:

Excellent! so nice. I just swallowed your write up on colorado as well as enjoyed nice pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 16, 2010:

Hi agusfanani,

Yes, the sculpture artists that display their work or have them fashioned in the foundries in Loveland, Colorado are indeed talented. So happy that you liked this hub and thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 16, 2010:

Hi DjBryle,

Impressive comment about Loveland and it's sculptures and this hub. Thanks!

agusfanani from Indonesia on March 16, 2010:

a very beautiful hub, I like it very much. The sculptures are great, they had to be talented artists who made them.

DjBryle from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =) on March 16, 2010:

I love this, I love the place... and I love your hub! You impress me in many ways, Peggy! =)

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 16, 2010:

Hi loveroflife,

If you like sculptures, you'd love Loveland, Colorado! Thanks for the comment.

loveroflife on March 15, 2010:

Thanks for sharing this beautiful artistic discovery.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 14, 2010:

Hi Candie,

I am so happy to have been there with my mother. We had such a good time! Although the town may have changed from the time of your memories...the wild open spaces of the Rocky Mountain National Park are there for everyone to enjoy without too much interference.

Thank heavens for the foresight of naturalists, former Presidents and those in Congress to set aside such lands. Also many private individuals that donated much of these lands that later became national parks. If it were not for them, it would have all been gobbled up by wealthy people and few people could see them as they are both yesterday and today and tomorrow.

Happy to be your tour guide anyday Candie! :-)

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on March 14, 2010:

Estes Park is by far one of my most favorite places! Back in the 60s when we lived in Denver, it was such a simple, beautiful town. It's more 'artistic' 'touristy' now, but every bit as beautiful!

You're my most favorite tour guide!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 14, 2010:

Hi jill of alltrades,

So happy that you enjoyed this hub. It was a pleasure putting it together. Could have stayed there all day in Loveland, Colorado taking more pictures of sculptures...but alas...we had to tear ourselves away and return to Estes Park to continue venturing out and seeing more of Colorado on that vacation.

Colorado is a great State absolutely filled to the brim with wonderful scenery and so much to do by way of entertainment!

Thanks for commenting.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 14, 2010:

Hi katyzzz,

So happy that you enjoyed viewing the sculptures from Loveland and as to my being a "bright spark"...you SKYROCKET! :-)

jill of alltrades from Philippines on March 14, 2010:

Wow, what amazing sculptures! I really enjoyed this hub!

Thanks very much for sharing Peggy!

katyzzz from Sydney, Australia on March 13, 2010:

the art and sculptures are just wonderful, Peggy, but then again you're such a bright spark.

It was a pleasure visiting this hub

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 13, 2010:

Hi Candie,

When you back up in our country's history, there were many more people like your great grandma and relatives in my family and others who farmed a generation or two or three or more back. Not so common today at least as far as numbers go. Certainly an honorable (and hard) but self satisfying lifestyle if the weather co-operates and the bills are satisfied.

Your great grandmother was about the same size as my mother-in-law!

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on March 13, 2010:

She was a power-house! 4'11" and tough as nails! She spent her whole life surrounding herself with nature and beauty, being a farmer, farmer's wife, farmer's mom. This was a great moment to reconnect with her. She died when I was 12. What a great lady! Thank you again for this lovely hub!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 13, 2010:

Hi Candie,

Oh...too bad you never got there to see Loveland and all those sculptures in person. Maybe someday? Your great grandmother was a lucky person to be surrounded by so much beauty! And I am talking the natural beauty of the lakes, mountains, etc. in addition to the man made beauty of the art. Great combination! Thanks for the visit.

Candie V from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure! on March 13, 2010:

Fantastic! My great grandmother grew up in Loveland, and while I lived in Denver for a while, I've never been there. It was really nice to see this beautiful garden, the wonderful statues (+1)! Thank you!!!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 13, 2010:

Hello D.A.L.,

You must appreciate sculptures as did my mother and I while visiting in Loveland. Thank you for the very complimentary comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 13, 2010:

Hi newmom,

Glad that you liked the pictures of the many sculptures in Loveland, Colorado. Thanks for taking the time to look and leave a comment.

Dave from Lancashire north west England on March 13, 2010:

Peggy W fantastic hub I appreciate the work you have put into it. The sculptures are brilliant. Thank you .

newmom from Canada on March 13, 2010:

Lovely pictures!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 13, 2010:

Hi Cheryl,

Loveland, Colorado is truly a beautiful place and the memories of sharing that experience with my mother is indeed very special. Will hang on to those and other memories tight as she is now gone from this life. Am sure you are hanging on equally tight to those you shared with your dear Robert. Thanks for the lovely comment and look forward to seeing you soon.

Cheryl on March 12, 2010:

You have beautiful memories to treasure for a very long time. It is a great pleasure to see your photos and to share your experience in a very lovely place called Loveland,Colorado.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 12, 2010:

Hi Tom,

Like you, I also enjoyed the sculptures of the children and native Americans. It would have been hard to choose a favorite as there were so many wonderful pieces. That annual sculpture show in Loveland, Colorado would be fun to attend some year! Thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 12, 2010:

Greetings Hello, hello,

So happy to hear that you liked the pictures of these fantastic sculptures located in Loveland, Colorado. It was quite the discovery and I am happy to share it with others such as yourself. Thanks for the comment.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 12, 2010:

Hi Micky Dee,

Imagine that! You being drawn to liking the bicycle sculpture!!! Haha! So...callmefoxxy won't take you to Cuba? Have you offered a ride on a bicycle made for two? :-) Thanks for the comment.

Tom Cornett from Ohio on March 12, 2010:

Wonderful hub and art. I especially loved the children and Native American sculptures. Thanks! :)

Hello, hello, from London, UK on March 12, 2010:

Incredible and fantastic. That is what I would call art. Thank you so much for writing this hub and showing these pics.

Micky Dee on March 12, 2010:

Hi Peggy! This was an incredible hub. For some reason I was drawn to the bicycle sculpture. I don't know why.

That "Callmefoxxy" won't take me to Cuba with her. Can you imagine how I feel?

Thanks for a beautiful trip Peggy W!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on March 11, 2010:

Hi callmefoxxy,

Traveling is so much fun and discovering places like Loveland, Colorado with all of those sculptures was an unexpected pleasure. Glad you liked this! Thanks for the first comment.

callmefoxxy on March 11, 2010:

Good hub, loved the pics, thanks very much for sharing this info... I too love traveling around and discovering what there is to see out there. Very nice...

callmefoxxy, my pen is a mighty sword!