Prolific Colorado Springs Sculptor Passed Away, Considered “Outstanding Colorado Artist” | Culture & Leisure

Don Green’s work has long made the Pikes Peak area a more creative and vibrant place.

The longtime artist and arts educator passed away on October 19. He was 90 years old.

Green is the spirit behind the clad steel bison and American Indian horse carvings at the entrance to the Colorado Springs airport; “Eos,” the 1998 stainless steel and glass structure on the University of Colorado campus at Colorado Springs; the stallion breeding outside of Pikes Peak Center; the benches of candy-colored animals scattered around the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo; and the Bighorn Sheep sculpture at Pikeview Quarry in Castle Concrete, bearing the name Greg Francis to mark the habitat of the Bighorn Sheep Greg Francis.

His pieces can also be found statewide, including Fort Collins and Greeley.

“Don is a quintessential Colorado artist,” said UCCS Contemporary Art Galleries Director Daisy McGowan in 2017. “His works represent so much of the Colorado landscape and his response to it. “

08/13/98 DON GREEN SCULPTOR 2 (copy)

Sculptor Don Green poses with a model of his latest sculpture, “Eos,” Thursday, August 13, 1998, at Sigma Metals in Colorado Springs. The finished part is stainless steel and glass and will be installed at UCCS.

Green, a resident of Colorado Springs since 1940, received a Bachelor of Arts degree from CU Boulder before studying teaching at the University of Northern Colorado at Greeley. His first stint as an art teacher came at East Junior High School in Springs, and he then spent three decades teaching in schools in District 11, including Wasson High School and Doherty High School. He retired in 1985.

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“Don Green was my mentor,” said Floyd Tunson, a highly regarded artist who lives in Manitou Springs. He worked alongside Green at Palmer High School. “He had a profound influence on my growth as an artist, teacher and human being. He was a prolific artist, whose work helped define our community. He was a generous soul and I loved him very much. . “

The sculptor was predeceased by his wife, Maxine Green, a well-known potter. Together, the two created one of 7 Minute Spring’s large stone receptacles that provide mineral water for drinking in Manitou Springs.

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He is survived by children Linn G. Baker, Tony Green and Laura Green. A Celebration of Life will be held at 11:15 a.m. on December 28 at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 2318 N. Cascade Ave.

Baker also became an artist and arts educator. She remembers being young and learning to weld from her father.

“All that melting steel and flying sparks – his shop was like something from the Greek gods,” Baker said. “I will miss his critiques of my own work and his comments. It’s hard to lose the person who appreciated your work the most.

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