'Canyon Watch' dedication held at North Mesa

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By Jennifer Garcia

The roundabout at North Mesa got a new inhabitant on July 31. And the bronze cougar sculpture, entitled

“Canyon Watch,” was installed with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the roundabout on Thursday.

A handful of people were present, which included Dick McIntyre and Randy Lucero from the Parks Division; County Councilors Frances Berting, Nona Bowman and Robert Gibson; Nancy Talley of the Transportation Division; Arts in Public Places Staff Liaison Stephani Johnson; Los Alamos resident Paula Barclay; Abigail von Schlegell from the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe; artist Kent Ullberg; John Hoffman, Chair of the Arts in Public Places Board, and members of the media, as well as others.

According to a press release, the Art in Public Places Board members chose the sculpture after numerous visits to local galleries and many hours spent reviewing a range of artwork by several sculptors.

They finally decided on "Canyon Watch." Ullberg says the piece “captures the brilliance and power of a large male cougar overlooking his domain.”

He feels cats are the most supple of animals and lend themselves to interesting sculptural poses that spark the essence of his artistic inspiration, “working with beautiful abstract shapes of nature.”

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