“Memoria,” a large-scale CorTen sculpture by DeWitt Godfrey, has been installed in Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park.

The city of Loveland commissioned the piece to commemorate more than 50 memorials that washed away from the park during the September 2013 flood.

“‘Memoria’ celebrates the bounty of nature as well as the cycles of growth and devastation that have transpired within the canyon’s walls,” Suzanne Janssen, the city’s Public Art Manager, said in a news release. “Expressing the history and natural beauty of this beloved mountain park was a unique opportunity for an artist.”

Godfrey, a professor of art and art history at Colgate University, was chosen from a field of 52 applicants.

He worked with the city’s Cultural Services and Parks and Recreation departments as well as local contractors throughout the installation of the 40-foot by 26-foot artwork.

“‘Memoria’ reflects the site’s rustic mountain qualities and industrious past. Its sheer size compliments the scale of this large park and the surrounding valley,” Bryan Harding, planning manager for Parks and Recreation, said in the release.

A public dedication will be planned for April 2020 when Viestenz-Smith Mountain Park reopens.

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