Photographing the Benson Sculpture Park

Gorilla face

Gorilla face

I wouldn’t make a good photojournalist. If I was, I would have gotten an establishing shot to show where I was. I would have photographed each sculpture in it’s entirety before zooming into the details. I would have photographed the plaques that showed who the artist is and what the sculpture is called.

So where was I? I was at the Benson Sculpture Park in Loveland, Colorado. The park contains a lagoon, flowers and plants like any park should. It just happens to also include 139 sculptures situated through the walkways and is open to the public. The purchase of the sculptures for the park is funded by proceeds from an annual show and sale.

So what did I do? I zoomed into the details, usually the face, of the sculpture’s that I found interesting. You can see the assortment of animals and people that are the subject of most of the sculptures by clicking on the link to my SmugMug page

Thanks to Shirley, my hostess and tour guide, I did remember a few stories she told me….

The hands that don’t meet in this depiction of ring around the rosie represents a child who had died and was therefore missing. It provides children, including her grandchildren, the opportunity to be photographed filling the gap.

Missing child formation

Missing child formation

Sitting on the gorilla was also a photo op for the grandkids.:)

Gorilla sculpture

Gorilla sculpture

This is the most controversial of the sculptures. It was originally located in the center of town, but there were so many protests, they moved it to a secluded part of the park.

Controversial

Controversial

This finishes my trip to Colorado.
Next up…The hike-a-thon for Creating Partnerships for Progress