Last year the city started its Art on the Street Sculputre Walk. We installed 8 sculptures as part of an art on-loan public art program. This year we expanded our offering to 12 pieces. Additionally, Lafayette owns 7 pieces as part of its permanent collection. Not bad for such a little town.
I want to take a moment to introduce you to the art in our town.
Today's sculpture was created by Lafayette artist, J. Lucas Loeffler. Part of the permanent collection, Sky Dance is one of four sculptures installed at Festival Plaza in the heart of Old Town Lafayette. It was part of the first year of Art on the Street. It won the People's Choice Award and was donated by the artist to the city.
J. Lucas Loeffler was born in 1972 on the east coast and moved to Boulder in 1976. At an early age, Lucas showed interest in many disciplines; however, sculpture was the one that suited him most. After high school, Lucas started his own company while simultaneously pursuing his sculpting career. He cast his first bronze pieces at the age of 26. That same year he was accepted into a gallery in Santa Fe, who would sell his first sculpture to a museum in Germany. Since then, he has been in many ongoing exhibits, both private and public. Lucas has established the drive and creativity needed to pursue his dreams and still runs the company he started many years ago while consistently sculpting new pieces.
I hope you enjoy the first installment of my Lafayette art tour. If you're in town, take a tour for yourself and enjoy the art around town.