Grand Junction’s Troy Reynolds donates elbow grease to Art on the Corner
WHAT IS ART ON THE CORNER?
Art on the Corner was founded in 1984 by a Grand Valley sculptor, Dave Davis. Now more than 100 pieces — many of which evoke a particular aspect of Grand Junction history and culture — dot Grand Junction’s downtown streets. Some art pieces are part of a permanent collection operated by the Downtown Development Authority, while other temporary pieces are rotated on a yearly basis. Benches and seating areas were additionally installed as part of the program over the years.
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For the last three decades, new Art on the Corner sculptures sprout up on Grand Junction’s Main Street every spring.
And behind this flurry of welding, grinding and sheer manpower is Troy Reynolds, a carpenter foreman for FCI Constructors’ Grand Junction branch. FCI was founded in Grand Junction 36 years ago, specializing in construction management, general contracting and more.
“I’ve helped out with Art on the Corner for at least 10 years,” Reynolds said, first as a volunteer crew member, then as lead on the volunteer-based project when FCI’s Raleigh Sorensen retired a few years back. “We’ve installed at least 150 pieces over the years, probably more.”
According to Downtown Development Authority executive director Harry Weiss, Reynolds is the program’s “go-to guy, not only for the logistics of the installation, but also as a juror of the annual show and helping plan the exhibit.”
As an Art on the Corner committee member, Reynolds’ main job is to weigh in on whether a sculptural piece can be successfully installed and how to do it. This position is a perfect fit for him because not only does he have the construction know-how, but he’s an amateur artist as well.
“We look at the weight, if there are pointy things sticking out, if it needs to be mounted in a planter versus the sidewalk,” he explained, keeping public safety in mind at every turn.
Then, once new art is selected, the planning process for installation commences. This year, 12 FCI employees participated in the volunteer effort to display 14 new sculptures throughout downtown, including Jesus Esquada, Mark Preuss and Steve Foster.
“I break the guys into teams,” Reynolds said. “This year I assigned them to [street] blocks to work with specific duties,” like removal, pickup, fastening and welding.
“FCI has been a mainstay of the AOTC program, donating countless hours every year to the annual change over of work in the temporary exhibit, and helping us out with relocating and reinstalling pieces in the permanent collection,” Weiss said. “The crew of guys from FCI are a great group, always ready to help, and they do a bang-up job. We couldn’t do this program without their generous support.”
This type of help is made possible by FCI’s strong civic spirit, Reynolds noted.
“FCI has a strong established attitude of volunteerism and giving back to the community,” he said. “They will help in almost any endeavor that an employee suggests as a volunteer effort — monetarily and man power.”
For more information about Art on the Corner, visit http://www.downtowngj.org.
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