Pictures in Loveland, Colorado Park ~ Bronze Sculpture and Art Lover's Paradise

One of the many sculptures found in Benson Park of Loveland, Colorado

One of the many sculptures found in Benson Park of Loveland, Colorado
One of the many sculptures found in Benson Park of Loveland, Colorado | Source

Loveland, Colorado

For anyone who is an art and sculpture lover, Loveland, Colorado is an absolute paradise! These pictures taken while visiting there are just a sampling of what one would find if one was to visit this town in north central Colorado.

In July of the year 1999, my mother and I took an airplane to Colorado Springs from Houston, Texas to begin our eleven day adventure of traveling and sightseeing in the State of Colorado.

We rented a car and headed out exploring on our own.

Having some major destinations in mind, Loveland was just one of those happy discoveries that we made along the way.



Sculptures in Loveland, CO

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Benson Park


Loveland, Colorado abounds with a great multitude of outdoor bronze sculptures along with other types of art.

My mother and I had been staying in Estes Park and took the road 34 East to Loveland.

Several old stagecoach inns built in the years 1893 and 1902 were visited by us on our way to Loveland. Seeing these rustic reminders of our American past was an added bit of enjoyment.

But when we reached Loveland, we could hardly believe our eyes!

Not being prepared to see such a large outdoor display of beautifully crafted bronze sculptures, it was a delightful surprise to say the least.

A great number of them are located in the Benson Park Sculpture Garden and are presented by the Loveland High Plains Arts Council.

The pictures that I took that day with my camera are just a small sampling of what was located there.

One sculpture was more engaging than the next!

Paths lead one through this beautifully landscaped lawn and pond area and shrubs and flowers along with the native trees act as artful backdrops to the sculptures of many forms and likenesses.

In the three photos of sculptures pictured here to the right, can't you just hear the glee in the children's voices as they go sliding down the hill? Imagine the fun the dogs are having while playing tug of war with that shoe! Does the bronze sculpture of the boys riding the bicycle spark any fond memories for you?

One of the over 100 sculptures found in Benson Park - Loveland, Colorado

One of the over 100 sculptures found in Benson Park
One of the over 100 sculptures found in Benson Park | Source

Sculpture in Loveland, CO

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Loveland, Colorado was named after William A.H. Loveland who happened to be the President of the Colorado Central Railroad.

Founded in 1877 and near the rails, it was an early agricultural area. Now other businesses have taken the place of agriculture being the prime means of making a living, and as of the 2000 census, a little over 50,000 people reside there and call Loveland, Colorado their home.

Sculptures in Loveland, CO

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Artists in Loveland


With over 100 pieces of art on display in Benson Park and over 300 pieces of public art that can be seen in and around Loveland, obviously this is an artist's haven.

The town sports three foundries where these large scaled bronze sculptures can be fashioned.

Many towns this size do not have an art museum, but Loveland is an exception!

Each August people come from all points of the globe to attend an annual sculpture show where local artists as well as national and even some international ones not only display their sculptures but sell them to appreciative art lovers.

As one wanders the grounds of Benson Park and other areas in town, one can imagine what sparked the imaginations of the many artists who created these works.

Inspiration drawn from natural surroundings and what would have been locally viewed in this area, one can easily appreciate the many bird sculptures created by the artists.

Horses and cowboy sculptures make sense...after all, this is Colorado where many would have been and still do reside.

Wild critters that still roam the mountains and meadows would be prime subject matter for artists.

Indians would be natural subject material as well.

Since there is so much water in this town of Loveland, waterfowl and turtles are also viewed in sculpture form.

In fact, almost 1 mile out of about 25 square miles which comprises this town of Loveland, Colorado, water is the component. With mountains in the distance, this is a gorgeous setting as one can hopefully glean by viewing these pictures taken on our vacation trip that one day.

Sculpture in Loveland, Colorado

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Some of the other sculptures we viewed in Benson Park...

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Sculptures in Loveland, CO

My mother looking up at the eagle sculpture
My mother looking up at the eagle sculpture | Source
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It was a glorious day as we were wandering through Benson Park although there was a chance of rain.

Since my mother and I never were 100 yard sprinters...or any kind of jogging or running champions for that matter, we carried our collapsible umbrellas with us just in case the skies would have opened up above us and started to moisten the air.

Our umbrellas never had to be opened, but "better safe than sorry" as the old saying goes!

The pathways wound through the park and the bronze sculptures were appropriately placed.

Turtles sculptures were appropriately placed near the water.

Blooming flowers greeted the bronze sculpture of a girl squatting down with a gaze that suggested that she was contemplating the various blossoms spread out in glorious profusion before her eyes.

It was such a pleasure taking the circuitous pathways throughout Benson Park and each sculpture that greeted us along the way was such a treat to behold.

With the smell of the flowers, the rippling of the water, the birds chirping in the swaying treetops above us, and those uniquely crafted sculptures scattered throughout Benson Park, that is a park which any art lover would relish visiting.

Benson Park sculptures viewed with winter landscape...

Funding the sculptures...


The annual sculpture show hosted by enterprising art lovers in Loveland each August and attended by huge crowds of people each year helps to pay for the sculptures in Benson Park as well as other improvements.


Creation of those massive sculptures in the town's three foundries is a good business for the local artisans who craft them from artist's original designs.


More sculptures in Benson Park...

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Viewed in Benson Park
Viewed in Benson Park
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To get an idea of the largest outdoor juried sculpture show in the nation, check out this video...

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North Lake Park and Lake Loveland


After thoroughly enjoying our sojourn in Benson Park we wandered through adjacent North Lake Park.

This is a 50 acre park consisting of athletic fields, courts for basketball and other sports, a miniature train, picnic areas, an amphitheater and a beach on the lake among other things. It is a real gathering point for the locals and visitors and celebrations are regularly held there such as the annual 4th of July fireworks display.

An old school house building that was constructed in 1883 and which was later utilized for grain storage is situated in this park.

School children appeared to be touring that old school house and were also playing in that lovely setting.

At Lake Loveland, residents were sunbathing on the shore as well as swimming and playing in the refreshing water.

Not many towns have so much in the way of recreational activities in their midst with scenic mountains in the distance and art sculptures almost everyplace that one gazes. Wow!

Beauty and sheer pleasure are wound together in a most lovely package with the name...Loveland, Colorado.

Loveland Map, North Lake Park and Loveland Lake photos

Map of Loveland showing the water elements within the town.  Noted are the locations of Benson and North Lake Park.
Map of Loveland showing the water elements within the town. Noted are the locations of Benson and North Lake Park.
North Lake Park
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Children playing in North Lake Park
Children playing in North Lake Park | Source
Partial view of Loveland Lake
Partial view of Loveland Lake | Source

Sculptures along Lake Loveland...

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Partial view of a sculpture where 5 children are balancing themselves as they make their way across a log.View of entire sculpture + one.Inscription read ..."I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul."   Henley
Partial view of a sculpture where 5 children are balancing themselves as they make their way across a log.
Partial view of a sculpture where 5 children are balancing themselves as they make their way across a log. | Source
View of entire sculpture + one.
View of entire sculpture + one. | Source
Inscription read ..."I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul."   Henley
Inscription read ..."I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul." Henley | Source

Sculptures abound in Loveland!


Across the street from North Lake Park was an art gallery with even more sculptures outside!

Sculptures outside the art gallery...

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One could go on and on photographing and showcasing the beautiful sculptures found in Loveland, Colorado.

This next piece was found at the entrance to a subdivision.

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Signature sculpture seen outside of Loveland, Colorado

Signature sculpture seen outside of Loveland, Colorado
Signature sculpture seen outside of Loveland, Colorado | Source

Would this entice you to want to visit Loveland?

  • Yes...I would like to see the sculptures and art
  • Yes...I would like to enjoy the sports
  • Yes...I would enjoy the ambiance of the place
  • I would enjoy the total package!
  • Don't have to visit...I live there!
  • Yes I have already visited Loveland, Colorado
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The signature wooden carved sculpture is readily seen on the way in to Loveland from Estes Park or when departing on the same Highway 34 in Colorado.

Although the sculptures were highlighted in this post, there is much more to Loveland...especially for winter sports enthusiasts.

This IS Colorado after all!

Loveland is also a ski area with lifts that can accommodate many winter visitors.

Is snowboarding your game? No problem! Loveland can also accommodate you.

This and so much more is attributed to the lifestyle in Loveland.

Did I mention another aspect of what Loveland accommodates?

How about the name LOVELAND and VALENTINE'S DAY?

Yes...you might have guessed...they have an ongoing business of re-mailing Valentine's cards with the Loveland postmark on the front of the envelope.

Enterprising folks!!!

All of this my mother and I did not know when we decided to see the countryside outside of Estes Park for one day.

Loveland, Colorado was not only a most pleasant surprise to us, but will remain in this author's memory as long as she lives.

Hopefully you enjoyed these pictures taken that day in Loveland and understand why I have labeled this a sculpture and art lover's paradise in Colorado.

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Peggy W 2 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hi vespawoolf,

Hope you do get to visit there someday especially if your in-laws do not live too far distant. Those sculptures are simply amazing! Some have the western theme but many do not.


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vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

I've never been to Loveland and didn't know about the bronze sculptures. What a nice trip for you and your mother. The sculptures do seem to come to life. Although it doesn't fit the mostly Western theme, I particularly like the sculpture of the boys riding the crocodile. So imaginative! And the girls balancing on the log is nice, too. You never know--maybe someday we'll have an opportunity to go as my in-laws don't live too far from there.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello unknown spy,

Thanks for the 5 star rating! Hope you get to see those amazing Loveland, Colorado sculptures for yourself someday. They are, as you say, AAHMAZZINGGGG!!! Appreciate your comment.


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Peggy W 4 years ago from Houston, Texas Author

Hello sgbrown,

Loveland, Colorado is an easy sojourn from Estes Park where we were also spending some time. Perhaps you will get back there someday? There are always decisions to be made and only so much time when on vacation. You probably saw delightful things that we missed seeing. Thanks for your comment and votes.


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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

5 stars!!! AAHMAZZINGGGG!!! I would love to visit this place one day..well.. i hope so..anyway, it's free to dream.


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