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Durango Considers Replacement for Art at 160/550 Intersection

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Durango residents are sharing ideas for how to decorate the medians near the intersection of highways 160 and 550 on the west side of town.

One of the medians formerly held a stone sculpture that was widely ridiculed by residents and sometimes decorated with dinosaur heads or clothing. It was taken down last year, before the medians were rebuilt.


The Durango Herald reports the City of Durango is now asking locals to suggest ideas for a new piece in the location, plus an installation process that will involve the public. But a poll on the newspaper’s web page finds that a majority of respondents say a new installation process is not worth it. The town’s deadline to submit suggestions is in mid-December.

Austin Cope is a former Morning Edition host for KSJD and now produces work on a freelance basis for the station. He grew up in Cortez and hosted a show on KSJD when he was 10 years old. After graduating from Montezuma-Cortez High School in 2010, he lived in Belgium, Ohio, Spain, northern Wyoming, and Himachal Pradesh, India before returning to the Cortez area. He has a degree in Politics from Oberlin College in Ohio.
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