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Roundabout sculpture fund-raising under way Installation slated for October By Lynn Burton Sopris Sun Staff Writer Houston and Carbondale don’t seem to have much in common. Houston boasts a population of 2.1 million, while Carbondale logs in at about 6,000. Houston sits near the Gulf of Mexico, while Carbondale rests in the Rocky Mountains. Houston is generally hot and muggy, while Carbondale is cool and dry. Houston is home to a National Football League team, while Carbondale must rely on the Roaring Fork Rams for its football ďŹ x. And, Houston probably has more yoga studios than Carbondale. So, what’s one noticeable similarity between Houston and Carbondale? Come October, Carbondale’s soon-to-be roundabout at Highway 133 and Main Street will be graced with a 20-foot-tall James Surls sculpture, the 35-foot sister piece of which was installed at a prominent intersection in Houston’s Upper Kirby district earlier this month. Once again, however, there’s a difference between the two towns. Houston’s Surls sculpture cost private donors $800,000, while the noted sculptor is giving the town “Sewing the Futureâ€? at his

cost — $200,000. Jim and Connie Calaway have donated $100,000 for the cause and a team of locals, including Connie, has kicked off a drive to raise the rest. “The Surls sculpture, centered in our new roundabout, is something our community can share with each other and our visitors,â€? said Jim Calaway, a retired oilman and philanthropist. “It is intended to signify growth, has the potential to attract tourism, inspire creativity and add to our community’s sense of place. It will be the signature of our town.â€? According to a hand-out prepared by the fund-raising team, “Sewing the Futureâ€? ows upward from a “standing vaseâ€? that is a metaphoric symbol of the female, giving forth the thread of life in all of its ways. The thread is placed through the eye of three needles, which represent human nature and includes art, science and philosophy. The sculpture’s other three elements include the jewel, the ower and the tree, which Surls has used for years. “All of these elements derive from the very nature that gives us our existence on the earth,â€? Surls said. “The jewel is the equal to and represents the crystal in all its forms ‌ . Parallel to this are the ower and the tree, both of which humans would be hard pressed to live without.â€? Surls, a Texas native, moved to Missouri Heights several years ago and works out of a hangar-like studio near his home. SURLS SCULPTURE page 9

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in Basalt to help with spring planting.

9 a.m. – Backcountry skiing; Cripple Creek Backcountry in La Fontana Plaza leads a backcountry ski tour (meet at Dos Gringos).

10 a.m. – Biking; Aloha Mountain Cyclery leads a group mountain bike ride starting at 10:30 a.m. (meet at Dos Gringos). 11 a.m. – Solar bike tour; CORE and CLEER host a bike tour of Carbondale’s solar arrays (head out from Dos Gringos). 1 p.m. – River talk; Roaring Fork Conservancy river stewards explain the Colorado River watershed at Riverside Park in River Valley Ranch (under the South Bridge, limited to 30 people, sign up at the recreation center).

4 p.m. – Chalk art; help decorate the town and close the festival with Trina Ortega (meet at Thunder River Theatre).

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Meet the Surls sculpture fund-raising team: (left to right, front) Connie Calaway and Sue Edelstein; (left to right, back) Jody Ensign and Mark Kloster. In the center is a scale model of James Surls’s “Sewing the Future.� The sculpture itself will be placed in the center of the Highway 133/Main Street roundabout. Photo by Lynn Burton

Other action

In other non-screen action during 5Point: April 24 at 5 p.m. – Kick-off party and Van Life Rally featuring “livableâ€? vehicles at the recreation center. April 25 at 10 a.m. – Live Enormocast at Bonfire Coffee. April 25 at 10 p.m. – DJ dance party at Phat Thai ($3 cover). April 25 at 10 p.m. – Music at Carbondale Beer Works (no cover); April 26 at 11 a.m. – Dirtbag Diaries at Steve’s Guitars (no cover; lasts 2 ½ hours). April 26 at 12:30 p.m. – Ice cream social at the recreation center (no cover). April 26 at 4:30 p.m. – Tailgate party at the recreation center (no cover). April 26 at 10 p.m. – After party at the Black Nugget ($5 cover). April 26 at 10 p.m. – DJ dance party at Mi Casita (no cover). April 26 at 10 p.m. – Movie star costume party at Carbondale Beer Works (no cover). April 27 at 4 p.m. – Closing party at the recreation center (no cover, lasts 2 ½ hours).

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