Starr Kempf Sculptures

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Fascination for steam punk drawings and architecture lead to my love of the work of Starr Kempf (1917-1995).  I chanced upon the Kempf property exploring the Cheyenne Canyon area near the Broadmoor a few years ago.  At first glance I thought maybe it was an homage to Tim Burton...cool! (He really should come to visit, I would show him around personally ;)  Then I thought "hmmm...others should see this and I got to researching...

The impressive wind mobilized structures stand 50 feet+ tall according to Wikipedia.  My fortuitous sighting is not alone; Michael Coletta recounts his experince and does a far better job speaking of their poetic beauty (http://www.newsblab.com/starrkempf/).  He documented with pictures from their eastern sides-something I will probably not be able to do as the iron gate that surronds the little outdoor "museum" looks tricky to climb.  

And although I've been there a few maybe 6 times, it's always by chance and I can never seem to remember exactly how to get there.  It's an anomaly really.  Maybe there's some magnetic pull like the Bermuda Triangle...But if you're in the area heading toward the Starsmore on Pine Grove stop by, these sci-fi-esque pieces are worth a look.
travelman727 says:
Great review! I've never even heard of the Starr Kempf Sculptures; I'll make it a point to visit on my next trip to Colorado Springs :-D
Posted on: Aug 05, 2008
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Gate on Mesa Rd.
Gate on Mesa Rd.
High Flying
High Flying
Sculpture on Colorado Ave and Tejon
Sculpture on Colorado Ave and Tejon
Each of the inlaid spheres spin as…
Each of the inlaid spheres spin a…
Kempf House
Kempf House
Landing in the trees
Landing in the trees
Sculpture Garden
Sculpture Garden
Steampunk spires
Steampunk spires
The elusive intersection
The elusive intersection
Fly away
Fly away
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