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New museum will be civic hub

Dear Editor:

What I have to say is really quite simple: Aspen needs a dynamic new building.

With so few civic buildings in which we can actively take pride, Aspen has a real opportunity in Shigeru Ban’s new Aspen Art Museum to add its own entry to the list of world-renowned architecture. Buildings can transform a city, and this particular transformation is long overdue. The positive impact of Ban’s fabulous new building will be no small thing. Indeed, it will further elevate the status of our resort to an architectural destination. This building will beautifully and culturally enhance the city. It will also create much-needed jobs to bring it to fruition … at no cost to the city.

The design is gorgeous, and the new location is critical to its success as a building. Straight down Galena from Aspen Mountain, the museum will become a civic hub, a cultural bookend to the slopes that define downtown. Proximity to stores and restaurants allows for a seamless incorporation of culture into everyday life that the museum’s current location just doesn’t provide for most of us. A short distance may separate the current and future museum buildings, but they are worlds apart in the depth of their contribution to those who live in the valley and those who visit here from around the globe.

Aspen is defined by its cultural offerings, its recreational offerings, and the quality of its people. The quality people are here because of the culture and its environment. I very strongly support the new museum.

Kris Cox

Basalt


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