Loveland is basically a small city. According to official statistics, the total population here is probably just slightly more than 70,000 (which is quite small for a city). On top of that, a significant part of the population are old people. In fact, according to the unofficial statistics derived from a coworker’s observation over the years, Loveland is a city with one of the highest ratio of old people in the whole of the United States.
In other words, Loveland is not a terribly exciting city. This is a place that is excellent for a quiet retirement life, not so much for holidaymakers looking for fun filled activities to engage in.
The best thing to do here is to go for a walk. That’s what retired people does. Or what people with nothing else to do over the weekends (me) does. So in the coming three posts, I am going to show you three places where I went for a walk, and where you can go for a walk, if you happen to be in Loveland.
First up, the Benson Sculpture Garden. As the name implies, this garden is full of sculptures, 144 of them to be precise. You can download the map here.
I only visited this place on my fourth time to Loveland. On my earlier visits, when I came, it was only for two or three weeks, so on the weekends it made more sense for me to go to the Rocky Mountains and to go shopping in Denver and Castle Rock, than to go look at some sculptures in a park. But on this fourth visit, I was in Loveland for two months and I did most of my shopping online, so I had tons of time to kill in the weekends. I had time to finally go look at some sculptures in a park.
To get here (I’m assuming you’re coming from Denver), you basically take exit 257 on the I-25 and go left in the direction of Loveland and you will find yourself on W Eisenhower Blvd. Then you go straight for a few miles until you see a large lake to your right. That’s Lake Loveland. Once you drive past the lake, you take the right on N Taft Ave. Then you go all the way until W 29th St and take the right again. Then you immediately stick to the left and enter Aspen Drive. Then you park, because you have arrived.
Admission is free. In fact, there’s no admission at all. Benson Sculpture Garden is a public park that the anyone can drop by for a walk whenever you want. There’s three ponds in this garden, and the largest one in the middle has fish in it. And then there are trees and flowers and trails and benches and a couple of… a couple of… pondok (shit, what’s it called in English? Huts? Shacks? Those wooden structures with a roof and table, you know what I’m talking about.. [update: I mean Gazebo, thanks Mun!]) surrounding these ponds.
And then of course, there are the sculptures. When I came, I did not do any research so I did not know what each sculptures are. Some of them have names printed on the side, some doesn’t. I basically just took a stroll around the park and took some shots on the sculptures that stood out to my eyes.
Here’s the sculptures that I shot, in no particular order…
And then I arrived back at my car and my tour of this sculpture garden came to an end. The park itself is not very big, but because there are so many sculptures, and you kind of have to stop and pretend to closely scrutinize each and every single one of them to make yourself look like an art expert in front of the few other visitors in the area, you can easily spend more than an hour here…
Let me be honest. I went online to search for the right names for each sculptures here. When I was walking around the park, I did not know what their names were, and what significance these sculptures carry.
Actually, I still do not know their significance today…