VAPA students turn their artistic vision into sculpture  

Two UCCS Visual and Performing Arts Department students created recent additions to the sculpture collection at the University Village Colorado shopping center just west of campus.

UCCS’ biking community inspired Ian Alexandrowicz’s steel sculpture depicting a sprocket and chain. After drafting numerous sketches of bike gears and working closely with a fabricator and engineer, his 15-foot vision was recently installed at the shopping center.

“This was a big accomplishment for me and I would definitely do it again,” Alexandrowicz said. His sculpture is outside Bonefish Grill facing Nevada Avenue.

Tamara V. Mauldin created a 10-foot-tall fish sculpture. “The way that they moved apart from each other but then back together at the zenith is similar to someone’s movement through their own life,” she said.

Mauldin hand-painted the scales of each fish to create the colorful scheme. Mauldin’s sculpture is between the Starbucks and Tokyo Joe’s facing Nevada Avenue.

Every year, two UCCS students are selected for a scholarship provided by University Village Colorado to design, build and install their artwork at the center. To learn more about the program, which began in 2011, visit the University Village website.

To read more about previous student sculptures:

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