SNOWMASS VILLAGE - You might have noticed a familiar-looking bunny gracing the Snowmass Village Mall of late.
Two large-scale sculptures by artist Tom Sachs, "Miffy Fountain" and "My Melody," have been installed outside the main entrance to the Westin Snowmass. According to a statement, both are the artist's take on fictional icons - Miffy, a Dutch cartoon character, and My Melody, one of the characters of Sanrio, the Japanese company that produces Hello Kitty products.
The sculptures are in the same area where the green clock tower once stood, which was approved last summer for a seasonal ice rink and miniature golf course. However, the approved size of the rink kept getting smaller and smaller, said David Wasserman, Westin Resort/Wasserman Real Estate Capital principal, so he started looking for other ideas for use of the space. Some other alternatives have been tossed around, but for now it will house a revolving sculpture exhibit, starting with the Sachs pieces, which will be on display through Sept. 8.
"I always like to engage people's minds with art," Wasserman said.
Wasserman said he reached out to the Aspen Art Museum, and it just so happened that Sachs was recently showing his work in Aspen's Baldwin Gallery.
"They're world-class pieces of art," Wasserman said. "They're fun. And we're a fun, family resort."
Wasserman said the art is a "point of discussion, fun, and it just livens up our entryway."
Sachs is a sculptor, installation artist and painter based in New York. A selection of his works, "Tom Sachs: Nautical challenge and other voodoo," was shown in the Baldwin Gallery from Dec. 26 to Jan. 31.