Here we present the second installment of our visit with local sculptor and UCCS Art Professor Matt Barton at his jaw dropping home/art studio/compound tucked away in the forest south of Cheyenne Canyon off Highway 115. If you haven’t seen Barton’s super-natural (hyper-natural?) multi-media installations/club houses/forts/Peter Pan parties, you should definitely have a look at some of his work at his website HERE for a taste of how his sculpture extends seamlessly from his living environment. Despite the fact that acreage is, as Barton describes it, “an Ewok village in progress,” the place is charmed with his playful touch at every turn, and has that rare feeling that nothing–not even a dessicated lizard–is out of place.

Click HERE to watch Part I.

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5 Responses to Studio Visit with Matt Barton, Part II: The Other Tower, The Airplane Hangar, The Sauna, and The Dome

  1. Once again, insanely awesome. I must hatch a plan to get Matt to contribute something to my Apogaea camp this year.

  2. Jeremy says:

    Yes! get this man his own Bill Conti soundtrack!! Andy Goldsworthy would be proud…

  3. hannahfriend says:

    Wow, that is one lucky kid to have a dad who builds such fun stuff.

  4. Evan says:

    White Trash Art?


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