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Situation Sculpture

Situation Sculpture #5: The Urban Preserve of Boulder



begun November 1, 2016

end: to be determined

Currently on view until further notice.
Viewing hours are constant.


The Urban Preserve of Boulder is the pedestrian crossing island at the southeast corner of the intersection of Foothills Parkway at Baseline Road.
GPS: 39.999933, -105.232380

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The Urban Preserve of Boulder is the only urban preserve in the U.S.

The Urban Preserve of Boulder is a site in the city of Boulder that is recognized and designated as a preserve – to be studied, enjoyed and experienced by everyone. Much like a nature preserve, The Urban Preserve of Boulder seeks to create a heightened and more sensitive awareness of the fragile ecosystem of a section of a city at the edge of town.

Through designation, recognition and identification, The Urban Preserve of Boulder strives to “Connect People with a Place”. The Urban Preserve of Boulder contains over 7,000 square feet of somewhat diverse urban habitat the type of which are abundant in the Boulder area. The Urban Preserve of Boulder is home to different things including some species of life, plants, insects, occasional humans and pets, birds and probably some microorganisms and bacteria. The Urban Preserve of Boulder offers sidewalks, grass, artifacts, debris, self-guided tours, potential future programs, looking, experiencing, and fun for all.

Located at one of the busiest traffic intersections in Boulder and adjacent to apartments, condominiums and a large shopping center, The Urban Preserve of Boulder is observed by thousands of motorists daily and is easily accessed and regularly traversed by walking pedestrians as well as bicyclists. Nearby parking in the shopping center parking lot makes it the ideal location for visitors coming from other parts of the city who wish to visit the Preserve.

While nature preserves seek stability, The Urban Preserve of Boulder recognizes the unique instability of the changing nature of the fragile ecosystem of the urban environment. Nothing lasts forever.


Situation Sculpture is a series of works by The Art Guys.
Situation Sculpture is a new form of sculpture that depends on the circumstances.
Situation Sculpture is unencumbered by time, space, authorship or other constraints.
Situation Sculpture
is a preview of things to come.

"The world is full of objects, more or less interesting; I do not wish to add any more. I prefer, simply, to state the existence of things in terms of time and/or place." - Douglas Huebler

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