Loveland, Colorado, has become a renowned
sculpture hub. Since the 1970s, acclaimed
artists and sculptors have flocked to the city,
just an hour north of Denver, which is now
home to 475 public sculptures, three expansive sculpture gardens and four foundries.
The sole Dairy Queen there is also a
landmark destination. Not only for treats,
but for its parking lot ringed by monumental
sculptures. Costco member, sculpture enthusiast and Dairy Queen owner Craig Lindberg
has displayed 10 or so sculptures on a rotating basis at the lot for several years.
“It’s been fun helping the sculptors to
display and sell their pieces,” says Lindberg.
“The artists love the exposure, and, because
the city of Loveland is on the way to the
Rocky Mountain National Park, this particular Dairy Queen sees visitors from all over
the world.” He estimates that some 500,000
people view these sculptures every year.
Each August, Loveland hosts Sculpture
in the Park ( sculptureinthepark.org), the
largest outdoor juried exhibition of three-dimensional artwork in the country.
Featuring works from all over the world,
the festival each year attracts up to 20,000
Says Lindberg, “Loveland is really an art
center.”—Irene Middleman Thomas
with some of
the art at his
Who Craig Lindberg,
Occupation Dairy Queen
owner for 38 years
Family Two daughters
and two grandchildren
I wanted to do something
that made my place stand
out from all of the rest.
Most of my friends are
artists or sculptors. I asked
those friends what they
thought of my idea—and
the rest is history!