October 1, 2014
I notice a sign for this sculpture park for about a month ago in Loveland, CO. It is located off Hwy 34 toward Greeley, CO, on Centerra Parkway, about a block off I-25 next to The Promenade Shops at Centerra.
We needed to run a couple of errands on this fall cloudy day, so once we finished them Jerry asked if there was anything I want to do or see. It was the perfect opportunity to see what this sculpture park was all about. What a lovely way to start our fourth year on the road, then to enjoy a nice walk around a sculpture park.
Chapungu (pronounced cha-poon-goo) Sculpture Park is the only permanent exhibit of its kind in the United States.
The public park is a 26-acre sanctuary that features 82 African stone sculptures carved by artists from Zimbabwe. The artwork is positioned among water features, a 1.5 mile walking trail (two bridges and 11 access paths into the park-6 originating from the Promenade Shops), benches for seating and community gathering areas. The exhibit is lay-out nicely with 114 signs installed in the park including main entry, directional, interpretive, and sculpture identification. The park is dog friendly with a pet water fountain (please pick-up after them -bags provided), has super clean restrooms (summer hours only), and is handicapped accessible. They hold musical events during the summer or you can make it a perfect place to hold your own event.
Unaware but Loveland, CO is known worldwide as a destination for the arts. Every August, two of the largest outdoor sculpture shows in the world take place here attracting artists and art lovers from around the world. The legacy of public art and sculpture are upheld at Centerra with the Chapungu Sculpture Park, and the McWhinney-Hahn Sculpture Park at the Loveland Chamber of Commerce and Visitor's Center.
Never know what you may find...interesting sculptures in a sanctuary setting... perfect! ~D