Best New Public Art — South (2008)

"Continuum," by William Burgess
Colorado Springs

Like many cities, Colorado Springs has a vacated railyard next to its downtown. Since it's small and in Monument Creek's floodplain, however, the city decided to turn it into America the Beautiful Park instead of developing it and to anchor the park with the stunning modernist sculpture "Continuum — the Julie Penrose Fountain," by renowned sculptor William Burgess. Set in an elaborate group of pools designed by architect David Barber, the open loop of steel lined with hundreds of water jets is about four stories tall. And if the cascading water and gigantic size aren't enough to inspire notice, the sculpture is on a rotating turntable. In good weather, the place teems with kids; surely, it's one of the best ways to spend an afternoon in the Springs.


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