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From dream to reality; Local artist launches Bronze Project in downtown Cheyenne

From dream to reality; Local artist launches Bronze Project in downtown Cheyenne

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - Three pedestals will soon be installed on various corners in downtown Cheyenne used to display bronze art pieces as part of the ongoing Capitol Avenue Bronze Project . The goal of the project is to have a bronze art piece on all four corners of intersections from 16th St./Lincolnway to 22nd St. up and down Capitol Ave. *One of three pedestals to be installed in downtown Cheyenne. (Pitchengine Communities)* *Harvey Deselms with his shop pup. h/t photo: Harvey Deselms/Pitchengine Communities* It has been a dream of Harvey Deselms, Owner of Deselms Fine Art Gallery, to have bronze pieces placed along 17th St. and House Ave., between his art gallery and the hospital. Since then, the project has launched into a much bigger idea of installing these bronzes on all four corners of intersections throughout downtown. Since starting the Capitol Avenue Bronze Project in 2012, several sculptures have already been installed, including "Fast Food," by Delmar Pettigrew (pictured below) at the corner of 17th St. and Warren Ave. *Bronze titled "Fast Food" installed in downtown Cheyenne. h/t Capitol Avenue Bronze Project/Pitchengine Communities* ​ Unfortunately, a couple pieces have been stolen since their installations in which Deselms stated, "We have learned a lot since then...the most important lesson is really really really good glue and long bolts." The three newest pedestals, funded by Visit Cheyenne, will be used to display the bronze artworks of three artists: *"Priority Mail" by Bobbie Carlyle* *(Pitchengine Communities)* This piece will be installed on the northwest corner of 21st St. and Capitol Ave. by the downtown Post Office. *"Devoted" by Chuck Weaver* *(Pitchengine Communities)* Dee Weaver donated this piece to the project on behalf of her late husband, depicting two wolves proudly intertwined and in love. This piece will be installed on the southeast corner of 18th St. and Capitol Avenue. *"Hard to Leave" by Bobbie Carlyle* *(Pitchengine Communities)* *​*This piece will be placed at the Depot Museum next to the already placed bronze woman sculpture titled, "New Beginnings," and is expected to be installed this summer. The life-sized cowboy with his duffle bag looking toward the Capitol is meant to compliment the woman, "Visitors will have to finish the story... Do their eyes meet and he chooses to stay? Does he make the hard choice to leave Cheyenne? Does her "New Beginning" include him," Deselms stated. "If I'm still alive when this project gets done, I would like to see an arm of the project from Capitol to Morrie Ave on 17th St. as it enters Holliday Park." Additional donations are needed to fully fund the "Priority Mail" piece, and other donations are still being accepted for the other pieces. Donors will have the opportunity to have their names placed on a plaque that will be displayed on a bronze piece. "Please consider adding your name, or a friend or loved one's name," Deselms said. *Current donors that will be added to the donor plaque of "Priority Mail." h/t photo: Harvey Deselms/Pitchengine Communities * *(Pitchengine Communities)* *(Pitchengine Communities)* Artists interested in donating a bronze sculpture are also encouraged to participate in the project. For more information on the Capitol Avenue Bronze Project, contact Harvey