Watch for mountain lions

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By Katy Korkos

Local residents should not be surprised to see a mountain lion perched on the roundabout on Diamond Drive this summer. The Arts in Public Places Board, which gets its budget for public art work from one percent of the county’s building projects and one-half percent of road projects, has chosen a bronze version of the big cat for the newly constructed roundabout.“Canyon Watch” by artist Kent Ullberg is a monumental bronze sculpture that shows a mountain lion perched on a weathered log. The sculptor’s website states that the piece is one of a limited edition of 20.  If the county council approves the purchase, the sculpture will be installed on a newly landscaped and contoured roundabout, and will be lit with solar-powered lights. The list price of the six-foot tall bronze is $42,900, and the sculpture has been put on reserve at the Gerald Peters Gallery in Santa Fe, pending council approval.Ullberg has been commissioned to create sculptures for many prominent locales, among them the Peking Exhibition Palace in China; the National Art Gallery in Botswana, Africa; and the Museum of Natural History in Gothenburg, Sweden. Closer to home, his work can be seen at the Colorado Springs Art Center and the Denver Museum of Natural History. A native of Sweden, Ullberg also lived in Botswana for seven years.

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