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The Artful Touch Behind Vail's New Roundabout

Word on the street is that the town's newest traffic pattern is more than just an efficient cut through — it's also a work of art.

By Kirsten Dobroth October 10, 2017

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The new installation at night.

When the Town of Vail celebrates its newest roundabout with a ribbon cutting ceremony on October 13, a prominent new connection between the north and south frontage roads just west of Lionshead will be just one of the byproducts of the new traffic pattern. Look south from the new traffic circle, and along with the Gore, you'll notice a curtain of Corten steel resembling said mountain range, a work commissioned by Vail's Art in Public Places, and designed by Napa-based artist Gordon Huether. Huether's no stranger to public art — he's found his niche as a celebrated curator of large-scale works that adorn gathering spaces in hospitals, libraries, and museums around the country. Along with the piece he created for the town's new roundabout — which also serves as a mediator of headlight glare — he's also been tapped to create a large-scale installation in Salt Lake City Airport's newest terminal, scheduled for completion in 2023, a two-acre composition of rippled panels modeled after the state's famous canyons. Vail's Huether sculpture may be more modest in scale, but as public art, it's every bit as grand.

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