James Surls’ Carbondale Roundabout Sculpture

Carbondale, home to Timbers Resorts' headquarters, is a community in which the very landscape helps create a distinctly Coloradan lifestyle. Trees, mountains, the woods, rivers, and more: the natural world is paramount to recreational pursuits and as an awe inspiring setting.

Owners and guests at Timbers Resorts' luxury fractional properties, in Colorado and the world over, know this experience well. There is even, as James Surls, Carbondale's own internationally renowned sculptor, puts it, a kind of influence from nature in places like this — a visual language that informs much of our lives.

And now, Carbondale has a new opportunity to encounter the natural world and our place in it — this time through the lens of art.

'Sewing the Future': New Sculpture for Carbondale

Timbers' CEO/Founder David Burden and his wife, Sandy, are proud to help to underwrite the creation of Surls' new sculpture — "Sewing the Future" in the center of the Carbondale Roundabout at Main Street and Highway 133. View the photo gallery below from the November 2014 installation.

The piece is a major addition to the area's growing reputation as an arts destination, especially in light of Surls' work being in the collections of the Guggenheim, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Smithsonian, and dozens of other important institutions. Surls' vision — a 20-foot tall sculpture speaking to concepts of human life, art, and

science within the context of nature - features striking and thought-provoking design elements steeped in the artist's symbolic approach.

  • Multiple strands thread giant sculpted needles, emerging from a single standing vase. The thread of life, Surls suggests — birth and the complicated turns that follow.
  • Surls also speaks of the needles as elements of human nature, through which life is threaded.
  • Within the piece are additional symbols: the jewel, the flower, and a tree with eyes.

"All of these elements derive from the very nature that gives us our existence on the Earth," said Surls, quoted on the project's website. "It is my wish that Carbondale will grow to appreciate the significant meaning of the symbolism represented in this sculpture."

Art in Our Community

We're also committing to our own vision, here at Timbers Resorts: that art is deeply a part of a life well lived. It's certainly an expanding part of it, recently, in Colorado.

In effect, "Sewing the Future" becomes an artistic bookend to the Roaring Fork Valley. It will mark the western side, opposite the new Aspen Art Museum to the east. And Carbondale is also celebrating the brand new Powers Art Center (be sure to visit its stunning collection of drawings by Jasper Johns).

A public dedication for the Surls sculpture is scheduled for June 2015.

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