Oct 9, 2011 9:05 PM by Trovette Tottress

Town of Manitou Springs creates art using chairs

In the early hours of the morning, a community came together.

"We're creating an art image of Manitou Avenue", said Sean O'Meallie.

Nearly a thousand chairs line the streets of Manitou Springs, stretching more than a half of a mile.  The chairs, all different sizes, shapes, and colors, represent the human essence. Some new, some old, all empty.

"The whole thing is an image of the confluence of humans and nature and time. Time is represented by the long line of chairs", said Sean O'Meallie.

As day break unfolds, a celebration erupts paying tribute to the art that was created.

"The enthusiasm comes from the idea that everybody can participate by bringing a chair to it", said Sean O'Meallie. "I see Manitou as echoing the landscape. The buildings mimic the canon walls and the Avenue mimics the river,  fountain creek. The chairs mimic the people."

Photographers from all different styles and types showed up to capture the creative experience.

"Manitou Springs is picturesque. It was sort of a logical landscape to do this type of thing. We want to use those images to expand the story of Manitou", said Sean O'Meallie.

And long after the chairs are removed, its images will remain.

"It will show a community. This is a pretty big art expression", said Sean O'Meallie.

An art expression forever etched in the nestled community of Manitou Springs.

For more information about the project click here.



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