Artist Celaya to speak at Anderson Ranch Arts Center |

Artist Celaya to speak at Anderson Ranch Arts Center

SNOWMASS VILLAGE – Enrique Martinez Celaya will give a talk at 12:30 p.m. Thursday at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass Village. Celaya, a South Florida-based artist who will teach a course next week at the ranch, will discuss his current project, “The Tower of Snow,” a 15-foot bronze statue installed last week at the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Celaya’s sculpture is the first piece by an American artist to be installed in the Great Courtyard since 2003, when a spider sculpture by Louise Bourgeois was installed. The Great Courtyard is at the entrance to the Hermitage, and “The Tower of Snow” – which depicts a boy on crutches, carrying a house strapped around his neck – is the first artwork visitors will see. “The Tower of Snow” will have its official opening on Tuesday and will remain on exhibition for six months.

Celaya’s talk will encompass the bigger process that led to the making of “The Tower of Snow,” which he said addresses issues of displacement and trying to find a place to settle. Celaya works on multifaceted projects that typically take three years; “The Tower of Snow” was made as the final piece of a multimedia exhibition, “The Crossing,” which the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City commissioned. The exhibition also included four paintings, 15 feet by 11 feet.

Thursday’s talk by Celaya, part of Anderson Ranch’s Featured Artists Lecture Series, is free and open to the public, though reservations are necessary. The talks take place most Thursdays in the Schermer Meeting Hall. Next week’s talk is by Barry X Ball; other artists in the series this summer include Kara Walker (July 19), James Casebere (July 26), Rashid Johnson (Aug. 2) and Tom Sachs (Aug. 7).

For reservations, call 970-923-3181. For further information, go to

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