Kempf Sculptures


Transcript: 01/30/2018: KOAA (NBC) … now to a story you’ll only see here on news five — some of the famous “starr kempf” sculptures were moved to uccs last month… and tonight — we’re hearing from the late artist’s family after seeing his work — come back to life. news five’s lena howland has the story behind the sculptures… lena?? this is a familiar story for many natives to colorado springs — who might remember the difficulty this family faced in keeping these giant steel works of art in place… some have been sitting in storage for many years … but today, they have finally, found a new home. ok rq :02 “quite unbelievable to be honest with you!” joshua kempf — the artist’s grandson — calls himself the protector of these sculptures. :07 “i really never imagined that we’d be here today or that anything like this was going to be possible” his grandfather — starr kempf — spent up to three years on each piece of work, when he created them back in the seventies,… prominently displayed for years in the front lawn of his cheyenne canyon neighborhood. :04 “my grandfather put things up without asking permission, he was that kind of guy” after he took his own life in 1995…. fans were drawn to his work, attracting more traffic to the neighborhood,… which resulted in three of the famous sculptures ending up in storage. :13 “the rest of the sculptures are still there, it was really a negotiated settlement with the city attorneys at the time to just stay out of a really nasty court battle that would have occured if we hadn’t taken these down” it’s a story daisy mcgowan — like so many other locals — remember vividly…. :01 “i was inspired by them like everyone else” so, she’s spent the past two years working to bring these three displaced sculptures to her campus at uccs…. :14 “it’s been wonderful to come full circle like josh said, to bring these works to such a happy and celebrated point in their history and to really celebrate the work of starr kempf who is an artist that we feel like the world should know more about” a happy ending to a story — decades in the making. :08 “20 years of my life have gone into this kind of change happening so i know my grandparents would be really happy too” this is part of the university’s public sculpture program called “art without limits” — meant to invite the community to come enjoy these works of art. they say they have public programs, lectures, performances, and yoga sessions all planned out around these sculptures — which will stay up …