(Colorado Springs, CO) The Ent Center for the Arts on the campus of the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs (UCCS) has amazing outdoor sculptures and an indoor art gallery, with changing exhibits, that are free to the public.
The Windmill Project
The Windmill Project is an outdoor sculpture by Colorado artist Patrick Marold. There are 2,000 acrylic poles topped with windmills on a hill with a beautiful view of Pulpit Rock and Pikes Peak. The sun and wind create an immersive art experience both visually and auditorily.
At night, the LED lights on the windmills add to the experience. Don't forget to bring a flashlight so you can navigate the dark path to the display.
This outdoor art is a short, easy walk from the UCCS parking lot #580 located just east of the Ent Center. This lot is free with plenty of parking. At the southeast corner of the lot, you will see a dirt path heading east. Follow the path until you see the sign for The Windmill Project. It is easy to find, and the windmills are visible from the path.
For more information and a map, go here. The Windmill Project will be on display until October 2022.
After viewing the windmills, walk back to the parking lot and follow the paved path to the Ent Center for the Arts. There are numerous outdoor sculptures and artwork including three Starr Kempf pieces on the facility grounds.
Kempf was a local artist known for his steel wind kinetic sculptures. This art was previously on display at his property in North Cheyenne Canyon. Art lovers and tourists from all over the world would drive by Kempf's estate to admire his work. His house was a true hidden gem tucked into a Colorado Springs neighborhood.
Unfortunately, the traffic was disruptive to the residents, and in December 2017, three of Kempf's large sculptures were moved to the Ent Center including Sunrise Serenade, Metronome, and Space Needle. Everyone can now enjoy the artist's work, which is on a long-term loan from his family, without disrupting a quiet neighborhood.
Sunrise Serenade, a 50-foot steel bird, is the only non-kinetic Kempf sculpture on the Ent grounds. Learn more about each piece here.
Chinn Wang Exhibit
Inside the Ent Center is a small indoor gallery with changing exhibits. The current display, Chinn Wang: magical personified vulnerable, spotlights a Colorado-based artist.
Chinn Wang, an art professor at the University of Denver, uses photographic and print material to explore an immigrant's experience of assimilating to a new culture while maintaining connections to their home culture.
This small, beautiful artistic display is in one room. It is available through April 16th, 2022, and is free to the public. The Ent Center website says that you need to reserve tickets in advance to tour the inside gallery, but this week, I was told that tickets were not required.
If you want to err on the side of caution and reserve the free tickets just in case, go here.
Don't miss this opportunity to enjoy amazing art pieces, both indoor and outdoor, from local artists. A free amenity in our community. I'll see you there!
- Ent Center location: 5225 N. Nevada Avenue, Colorado Springs, 80918
- See the website for hours as they are variable depending on the UCCS school schedule.
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