How we got a Herd of Wild Horses on Horizon
Before construction began on Phase 1 of the Corridor Improvement Project, the Horizon Drive Business Improvement District conducted a survey to see if there was support for adding artistic elements to the plan. 74% of the respondents said they believed adding public art to the corridor would encourage tourism and visitors to the area.
The District issued a call to artists and received 120 entries, from across the globe. A jury comprised of local art experts and other interested parties culled the entries down to a manageable number. The top three artists were invited to Grand Junction to present their ideas for Horizon Drive to the public at a well-attended reception. The artists were asked to present art that would “reinforce the strength and individuality of both the wild horses and the people of this western community.”
Sculptor Joseph Fichter was awarded the commission based on his proposal to create six wild horse sculptures within the two roundabouts being constructed. It took over 18 months and 8 ½ tons of steel to fabricate these six magnificent steeds at the Gateway to Grand Junction.