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More Big Beautiful Things. Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts; other times, the parts are greater than the whole. That's the case with this show. Several of the works are superb, and even those that aren't are intriguing. But the exhibit lacks a regular rhythm and tilts out of balance. There are interesting installations by Chris Lavery, both about weather. Virginia Folkestad also looks at natural forces in "Migration," an installation that includes a wooden framework and hundreds of pieces of folded paper — reminiscent of a flock of birds — held together by thousands of pins. Linda Foster Leonhard likewise embraces ecological issues — if only in the choice of using recycled rubber tires for her work. Justin Beard's marvelous "Bike Messenger" includes a bicycle made of found materials and a short film that represents a novel take on the title. The gifted Emmett Culligan is the odd man out, being a sculptor as opposed to an installation artist and a neo-modernist instead of a postmodernist. Through March 30 at the Arvada Center, 6901 Wadsworth Boulevard, 720-898-7200. Reviewed February 28.

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