Ah…Loveland. Known for its art and outdoor sculpture, it draws in artists from all over the country for competitions, and often for a permanent change of address. U.S. Art Magazine ranked it in the top 8 ‘great art destinations’.
The area also provides for a variety of stops as your passing through Northern Colorado. There are parks, lakes, reservoirs and hiking opportunities, but if you are into African sculpture, then the Chapungu Sculpture Park is tailored just for you!
Located at CO I-25 Exit 257 (just North of Loveland), the Chapungu Sculpture Park is indeed a rare find. It is located just behind the Promenade Shops at Centerra north of Hiwy 34 and east of I-25. This park spans 26 acres and features more than 80 sculptures. There are 3 walking trail loops to choose from, although the restrooms are located in the wetlands loop.
“Chapungu” is the African name for the Bateleur Eagle which the Zimbabwean people revere for its great presence and extraordinary power of flight. They consider this bird as a spirit messenger, a protector and a good omen. A calm and contemplative place, the Chapungu is the largest sculpture park in the U.S. devoted the Shona stone sculptors of Zimbabwe.
All these sculptures are hand carved and you are free to touch them, so take a ‘hands on’ walk through the park, stop for a rest or a quick lunch along the canal and learn a little about the Shona people of Zimbabwe!