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  • Out-of-this-world sculptures beautifying the Loop

    Jul 02, 2018 | Read More News
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    Jeff Timan wants to change the landscape of Pima County, one sculpture at a time.

    Timan, part of the ownership group of the historic Hacienda del Sol Guest Ranch and a talented sculptor himself, recently worked with the County’s Project Management Office to place several sculptures along the Rillito River Park section of the Chuck Huckelberry Loop east of Brandi Fenton Memorial Park.
    Loop art
    “Towers of a Martian Odyssey” were inspired by the movie “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Timan said. The eight steel tubes range in size from 8 to 17.5 feet tall, with all but one featuring plasma cut holes of different designs.

    Timan’s goal – “I just want to get sculpture everywhere” – mirrors the mission of SculptureTucson.org, a group he helped found two years ago with fellow artists Barbara Grygutis and Steve Kimble to increase the presence and accessibility of public sculpture throughout the region. 

    On April 7-8, Sculpture Tucson organized its first sculpture show and sale at Brandi Fenton. The event featured 42 sculptors from all over the world, drew some 5,000 patrons and sold $130,000 worth of art. Sculpture Tucson plans to make the festival an annual event.

    Heather Ruder, a program manager in the County’s Project Management Office, began working with Timan last year to create a site for rotating art pieces along Dodge Boulevard adjacent to Brandi Fenton Park along the Loop. Today, that “Art in the Park” vision is a reality.

    “The newly installed art pieces along the Loop are amazing and create a nice visual effect for not only Loop users but also for the traveling public along Dodge Boulevard,” Ruder said. “I look forward to seeing future art pieces placed along the Loop or within Pima County parks.”

    This isn’t the first time that Pima County has been on the receiving end of a sculpture donation. 

    MedianGreen, a non-profit organization in Green Valley dedicated to replanting and beautifying public medians in Green Valley, donated a piece of public art in 2017 on Esperanza Boulevard as a pilot project. Annabelle Valenzuela, transportation support services division manager with Pima County’s Department of Transportation, said the department is working to develop standards and procedures for future donations. Anyone with questions may contact the DOT Community Relations Department at 520-724-6410.

    Timan attended art school and his own sculpture can be found on the grounds of Hacienda del Sol, but he said he never felt confident enough in his skills to make a living as an artist. 

    “But as you go through life, you kind of find your bent,” Timan said. “I found that I got just as much satisfaction in sharing art as I did in creating it.”