100 Colorado Creatives: Sculptor and Westword Artopia participant Jeff Erwine

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"Guardrail Angel," Jeff Erwine.
#91: Jeff Erwine
From massive outdoor sculptures made from wood and junked cars to iron-and-marble furniture, Jeff Erwine's aesthetic is a direct result of his chosen medium. The sculptor and metal worker is inherently "green" in his process -- constructing his pieces utilizing 95 percent rescued materials -- and Erwine's work often carries the identity of its previous life.

One of Westword's 100 Colorado Creatives and a participant in Artopia 2013 this Saturday, February 23, Erwine recently shared his ideas about the art world and who inspires him.

See also:
- Event: Artopia 2013
- 100 Colorado Creatives: artist and Westword Artopia star Valerie Savarie
- Brittany Gould talks about her piece for Design After Dark, "Dreaming in Another Language"

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Westword: What are you most excited about presenting at this year's Artopia?

Jeff Erwine: A new piece called "Tobu." Tobu is Japanese for "to fly" or "to soar." The frame is made from an old trampoline I had as a child that I used to jump on and dream of flying.

Are you working on any project/collaboration coming up that you're looking forward to sharing with the community?

Yes! I am in the process of developing "flash" sculptures in and around Denver and throughout Colorado. Shhh...

If you could collaborate with anyone in history, who would it be, and why?

I would want to collaborate with Frank Lloyd Wright. I have always been inspired by his work, and it is reflected in many pieces I create today.

Who in the world is interesting to you right now, and why?

Chris Hardwick. He has gone from a stand-up comedian to building a multi-media empire encompassing all forms of art. And he's pretty damn funny.

What's one art trend you want to see die this year?

I'm not a big fan of "put a bird on it."

"Nuts," Jeff Erwine.

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