Some artists work on canvas and have their art displayed in a gallery. But Colorado sculpture artist Don Mitchell frames his work in the great outdoors. Mitchell’s towering, colorful aluminum sculptures are up to 20 feet tall and can be seen up and down the Front Range.
By Carrie Saldo
Mitchell's work deploys bright colors and usual shapes that evoke the styles of both the children's book author Dr. Seuss and mobile artist Alexander Calder. During a recent visit to his studio, he shared some work-in-progress, and a number of the smaller pieces he has created.
Mitchell has no formal arts training. But a career in engineering and manufacturing led to him to start tinkering with wooden sculptures in the mid 1980s. By 1992, he had switched to metal and has continued the work full-time.
His work for both corporate and public art commissions is installed at a variety of places in Colorado including Fort Collins, Longmont, and Boulder, as well as eight other states.
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