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

Updated on September 18, 2016

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Loveland, Colorado


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 Woods 3 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi FlourishAnyway,

      Loveland, Colorado is a fantastic place to visit if a person likes seeing a bounty of wonderful bronze sculptures amidst natural beauty. Glad you noticed it on Twitter.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 months ago from USA

      Saw this on Twitter. Seems like a beautiful place to visit!

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      Peggy Woods 3 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 3 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 Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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 Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      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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      IAmForbidden 5 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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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi moonlake,

      Thanks for your 5 star rating on this Loveland, Colorado hub. Anyone who likes bronze sculptures would fall in love with this place! Appreciate your comment.

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Wonderful hub! I love all the sculptures. This first one is probably my favorite, so awesome. You are very lucky to get to visit there. I was in Estes Park a couple of years ago, I wish I had known about he this place. I would definately paid it a visit. Very good, detailed information, thank you for sharing with us. Voted up and interesting! Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Nell,

      You would LOVE visiting Loveland, Colorado since you enjoy sculptures. I have never seen so many in one place in my entire life. Thanks for your comment.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I missed this hub. How pretty I wouldn't mind going there. Really enjoyed your hub. Gave it 5 stars.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Wow! this was so fantastic! I love sculpture, the older ones not so much the modern. As in Paintings I don't like modern art but the traditional. My favorite is definitely the indian in your top picture, and the other sculptures were amazing too, wonderful hub!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Eddy,

      Nice to know that you enjoyed getting to see the sculptures in Loveland, Colorado via this hub. It is a fantastic place for art lovers and also has such natural beauty. I am so glad that we decided to head in that direction for one day of our vacation. Thanks for your comment.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      I'm not sure how I missed this one;however it didn't diminish any of the interest or beauty.

      An up up and away here for sure.

      Take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

      Wow Peggy I don't how I missed this one; however it is still as interesting.

      A great hub as always from yoiu Peggy;take care and enjoy your day.

      Eddy.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello Dr. Daniel J. Lere,

      Here is a link to the artists for the 2011 sculpture show in Loveland: http://www.sculptureinthepark.org/gallery/artists....

      Also above is a link to the Loveland High Plains Arts Council. Good luck with your search for the right artist to create that bronze statue.

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      Dr. Daniel J. Lere 5 years ago

      Can you tell me how we can find out the names of the artists? We are looking at doing a bronze statue of a young man and we are looking around for a good bronze artist. Thank you. danlere@sdc-arts.org

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello louisxfourie,

      Anyone liking sculptures would certainly enjoy visiting Loveland, Colorado. It truly is a stunning place! Thanks for the visit and comment.

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      Louis Fourie 6 years ago from Johannesburg, South Africa

      Stunning place.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello yashar,

      I hope that you get to see the wonderful sculptures that abound in Loveland, Colorado someday also. It is a beautiful place! Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      yashar 7 years ago

      hope someday i can see this place thats be great

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello soumyasrajan,

      Happy to hear that these pictures of the sculptures and other scenery in Loveland, Colorado brought back happy memories for you of your year long stay in Fort Collins. Thanks for leaving this nice comment.

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      soumyasrajan 7 years ago from Mumbai India and often in USA

      Hi! Peggy!

      Enjoyed yr article, pictures. I had stayed in Fort Collins, Colorado about 35 years back for a year during my first visit to USA and used to often pass through Loveland, while going from Denver to Fort Collins. Your sweet article and pictures reminded me of those nice old days. That whole area has natural beauty, people are nice, specially students.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings Deborah Demander,

      Loveland, Colorado is so beautiful and I am not surprised to hear from you that it is also a wonderful place to live. My mother and I were thinking that it would be a great place to live and especially to raise a family when we visited there. Do you have occasions to go back and visit? Thank you for the comment.

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Thank you for a beautiful hub. I am from Loveland, and have relocated to Wyoming. I realize looking at your photography how much I miss home. It is a wonderful place to live. Thanks so much.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello upan19,

      Happy to have been able to share these pictures taken in Loveland, Colorado with you. Glad you liked it. Appreciate the comment.

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      Ashraf Mir 7 years ago from Dhaka

      Excellent! so nice. I just swallowed your write up on colorado as well as enjoyed nice pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi agusfanani,

      Yes, the sculpture artists that display their work or have them fashioned in the foundries in Loveland, Colorado are indeed talented. So happy that you liked this hub and thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi DjBryle,

      Impressive comment about Loveland and it's sculptures and this hub. Thanks!

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      agusfanani 7 years ago from Indonesia

      a very beautiful hub, I like it very much. The sculptures are great, they had to be talented artists who made them.

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      DjBryle 7 years ago from Somewhere in the LINES of your MIND, and HOPEFULLY at the RIPPLES of your HEART. =)

      I love this, I love the place... and I love your hub! You impress me in many ways, Peggy! =)

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi loveroflife,

      If you like sculptures, you'd love Loveland, Colorado! Thanks for the comment.

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      loveroflife 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing this beautiful artistic discovery.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie,

      I am so happy to have been there with my mother. We had such a good time! Although the town may have changed from the time of your memories...the wild open spaces of the Rocky Mountain National Park are there for everyone to enjoy without too much interference.

      Thank heavens for the foresight of naturalists, former Presidents and those in Congress to set aside such lands. Also many private individuals that donated much of these lands that later became national parks. If it were not for them, it would have all been gobbled up by wealthy people and few people could see them as they are both yesterday and today and tomorrow.

      Happy to be your tour guide anyday Candie! :-)

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Estes Park is by far one of my most favorite places! Back in the 60s when we lived in Denver, it was such a simple, beautiful town. It's more 'artistic' 'touristy' now, but every bit as beautiful!

      You're my most favorite tour guide!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi jill of alltrades,

      So happy that you enjoyed this hub. It was a pleasure putting it together. Could have stayed there all day in Loveland, Colorado taking more pictures of sculptures...but alas...we had to tear ourselves away and return to Estes Park to continue venturing out and seeing more of Colorado on that vacation.

      Colorado is a great State absolutely filled to the brim with wonderful scenery and so much to do by way of entertainment!

      Thanks for commenting.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi katyzzz,

      So happy that you enjoyed viewing the sculptures from Loveland and as to my being a "bright spark"...you SKYROCKET! :-)

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      jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

      Wow, what amazing sculptures! I really enjoyed this hub!

      Thanks very much for sharing Peggy!

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      katyzzz 7 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      the art and sculptures are just wonderful, Peggy, but then again you're such a bright spark.

      It was a pleasure visiting this hub

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie,

      When you back up in our country's history, there were many more people like your great grandma and relatives in my family and others who farmed a generation or two or three or more back. Not so common today at least as far as numbers go. Certainly an honorable (and hard) but self satisfying lifestyle if the weather co-operates and the bills are satisfied.

      Your great grandmother was about the same size as my mother-in-law!

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      She was a power-house! 4'11" and tough as nails! She spent her whole life surrounding herself with nature and beauty, being a farmer, farmer's wife, farmer's mom. This was a great moment to reconnect with her. She died when I was 12. What a great lady! Thank you again for this lovely hub!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Candie,

      Oh...too bad you never got there to see Loveland and all those sculptures in person. Maybe someday? Your great grandmother was a lucky person to be surrounded by so much beauty! And I am talking the natural beauty of the lakes, mountains, etc. in addition to the man made beauty of the art. Great combination! Thanks for the visit.

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      Candie V 7 years ago from Whereever there's wolves!! And Bikers!! Cummon Flash, We need an adventure!

      Fantastic! My great grandmother grew up in Loveland, and while I lived in Denver for a while, I've never been there. It was really nice to see this beautiful garden, the wonderful statues (+1)! Thank you!!!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hello D.A.L.,

      You must appreciate sculptures as did my mother and I while visiting in Loveland. Thank you for the very complimentary comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi newmom,

      Glad that you liked the pictures of the many sculptures in Loveland, Colorado. Thanks for taking the time to look and leave a comment.

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      Dave 7 years ago from Lancashire north west England

      Peggy W fantastic hub I appreciate the work you have put into it. The sculptures are brilliant. Thank you .

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      newmom 7 years ago from Canada

      Lovely pictures!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Cheryl,

      Loveland, Colorado is truly a beautiful place and the memories of sharing that experience with my mother is indeed very special. Will hang on to those and other memories tight as she is now gone from this life. Am sure you are hanging on equally tight to those you shared with your dear Robert. Thanks for the lovely comment and look forward to seeing you soon.

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      Cheryl 7 years ago

      You have beautiful memories to treasure for a very long time. It is a great pleasure to see your photos and to share your experience in a very lovely place called Loveland,Colorado.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Tom,

      Like you, I also enjoyed the sculptures of the children and native Americans. It would have been hard to choose a favorite as there were so many wonderful pieces. That annual sculpture show in Loveland, Colorado would be fun to attend some year! Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Greetings Hello, hello,

      So happy to hear that you liked the pictures of these fantastic sculptures located in Loveland, Colorado. It was quite the discovery and I am happy to share it with others such as yourself. Thanks for the comment.

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Micky Dee,

      Imagine that! You being drawn to liking the bicycle sculpture!!! Haha! So...callmefoxxy won't take you to Cuba? Have you offered a ride on a bicycle made for two? :-) Thanks for the comment.

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      Tom Cornett 7 years ago from Ohio

      Wonderful hub and art. I especially loved the children and Native American sculptures. Thanks! :)

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Incredible and fantastic. That is what I would call art. Thank you so much for writing this hub and showing these pics.

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      Micky Dee 7 years ago

      Hi Peggy! This was an incredible hub. For some reason I was drawn to the bicycle sculpture. I don't know why.

      That "Callmefoxxy" won't take me to Cuba with her. Can you imagine how I feel?

      Thanks for a beautiful trip Peggy W!

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      Peggy Woods 7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi callmefoxxy,

      Traveling is so much fun and discovering places like Loveland, Colorado with all of those sculptures was an unexpected pleasure. Glad you liked this! Thanks for the first comment.

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      callmefoxxy 7 years ago

      Good hub, loved the pics, thanks very much for sharing this info... I too love traveling around and discovering what there is to see out there. Very nice...

      callmefoxxy, my pen is a mighty sword!