Location: Entrance to the Ice Centre at the Promenade, 10710 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, CO 80020. The Ice Centre is located on the east side of Westminster Boulevard, west of the Westin Hotel.
Artist: Gregg Todd, Greeley, Colo.
How Acquired: Purchased by the City of Westminster as part of its public art program.
Year Installed: 2013
Comments: This wonderful piece consists of three life-size skaters (two boys and a girl) holding hands and playing "crack the whip." One of the skaters is wearing speed skates, one is wearing hockey skates and one is wearing figure skates. The detailing in the sculpture is quite amazing and is already popular, especially among the skating crowd at the Ice Centre. The sculpture exudes youthful energy and spirit, and was first created out of clay in Greg Todd’s studio in Greeley before being cast in bronze.
The following describes Greg’s inspiration for the piece in his own words:
"Fond memories of growing up in Goodland, Kan., were the inspiration for this piece. The local tennis courts near my boyhood home were flooded in winter to create an ice rink. The neighborhood kids all loved to gather on the ice, and playing 'crack the whip' was one of the favorite activities of the gang. I am happy that other children will continue to forge their own memories on ice, and I am proud that this work may be a part of those memories-in-the-making for generations of skaters to come."