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Harley II

Location: North of 104th Avenue, just west of the Big Dry Creek Trail where the bridge leads to the Promenade Terrace and Westin Hotel. To access by vehicle, turn in to City Park off of the 104th Avenue access drive and use the parking lot on the west side of Christopher Fields.

Artist: Lyle Nichols, Palisade, Colorado (website)

Year Installed: 2014

How Acquired: The piece was purchased by the City of Westminster utilizing cash paid by developers in lieu of installing public art in their development project.

Comments: Harley II, being a fish after all, is located just a few feet from Big Dry Creek and is very visible to the many pedestrians and bicyclists using the Big Dry Creek Trail. The sculpture is approximately 18 inches wide, 3 feet tall and 6 ½ feet long. The sculpture is of a bluegill or sunfish which are found in Westminster ponds and lakes. The fish’s scales are made out of pieces of chrome mufflers from Harley Davidson brand motorcycles, hence the name of the sculpture.  The artist, Lyle Nichols, created Harley II using mufflers to inspire young people to consider using a wide range of recyclable materials in making art. Harley II is the second Harley sculpture. The first “Harley” is located in Palisade, Colorado.

Harley II is the city’s second custom sculpture created by Lyle Nichols. The first is “Dolly” which is located at Shoenberg Farm at the northwest corner of 72nd Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard. The life-sized cow was constructed from recycled metal including parts of a milk can from the Shoenberg Dairy.

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