Yesterday, he rode again.
Turns out, old Hick was such a fan of having the horse in his office as mayor that he wanted it hanging out with him as governor, too, so the city agreed to let him, via one of the oddest processions ever, carry it over to the governor's office. The move, it seems, comes as news to the Philadelphia-based Lipski.
"That's... interesting," he says, taking a moment to let it percolate. "I didn't know that, that he had moved it to the Governor's office. Huh." In the end, though, Lipski decided he sees it as a positive. "I like that he's grown so attached to it. Plus, probably the next time I'm in Denver, if I want to stop by the governor's office and visit him, I would probably be able to."That visit might be forthcoming, actually, says Lipski, who happens to be fairly entrenched in Denver public art beyond just "The Yearling;" in addition to his work in the permanent collection of the Denver Art Museum, he also has an installation in the lobby of the Wellington Webb Building called "Tools," a five-story-tall agglomeration of various, uh, tools from fire-axes to computer screens. And last summer, he unveiled "Psyche," a giant butterfly with wings made from test tubes filled with colored resin that resides in the new Science Building of the Auraria Campus. Interestingly, Lipski notes, "The job of filling all these test tubes with resin was done by a local artist, John McEnroe. He has a big sculpture in town, I think called 'National Velvet.'"
Ah yes, the one by the 16th Street pedestrian bridge, better known to us as "Saggy Boob Electric Penis," an inspiring name for a piece of art if ever there was one. Literally, maybe.
Because right now, Lipsky's entered in a contest to put a sculpture in the new Justice Center, though he declines to give any specifics. "I'll keep it a secret for now." he says. "You know, it's a competition. I don't want to -- what's the legal term? Paint the jury?"
For now, he'll offer only this: "Maybe it'll be a Saggy Boob Electric Penis."