It’s a long way from Lyons to anywhere, “as the crow flies.” Residents of Lyons have known that for some time; many of them live here for just that reason. But now it’s official. Local artist Jake Pinello (he of the murals on the sides of the St. Vrain Market and car wash buildings) has just completed the latest addition to the burgeoning sculpture inventory lining the streets, paths, and parks of Lyons.
Pinello’s sculpture, “As the Crow Flies,” consists of four fifteen-foot wooden poles and a large rosecompass on the corner
of Fifth Avenue and High Street (in the “Stone Butterfly” garden). The rose compass is oriented toward true north, and mounted on the four poles are arrow-shaped plaques, giving the direction and distance to all fifty state capitals, plus the District of Columbia.
It’s a very interesting piece, and tourists have already been spotted taking photos of the sculpture. Of course it won’t be of much assistance when one of those visitors asks a local, “How do I get to Estes Park?” But it should help local school children memorize all fifty state capitals. Art that educates, what a concept.