As a result, the fountain, which has already been sold down the river by the kangaroo Mayor's Commission on Art, Culture and Film will surely soon be gone, to be replaced by a park. The only person with the power to grant it a reprieve is Mayor Wellington Webb. It is to laugh.

The passing of the fountain may not be mourned by more than a few, but it's hardly an artistic embarrassment. Its style is completely compatible with the DCPA buildings. And if this example of solar art never quite worked as it was supposed to, neither did solar energy.

The disappearance of both the fan sculpture and the fountain makes one wonder if any public art in Denver from the 1970s or 1980s will manage to survive into the next century. Most likely not--though much of the city's more recent public art, with more questionable credentials than the older stuff, probably will. It's doubly sad that the official disregard for Colorado art exemplified by the DAM auction extends even to works by out-of-towners that had the bad fortune to wind up here. The best example of that comes not from the world of art but from architecture: the pending destruction of I.M. Pei's Zeckendorf Plaza.

Oh, well. Denver has never been known for its important public art or architecture. Given current events, it never will be.

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