Snowmastodon Arrives at the Museum

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The new sculpture Snowmastodon was officially dedicated in its new home on the northwest corner of the Museumin late October. The life-size bronze of an American mastodon was made possible by the Dea Family Foundation and created by world-renowned sculptor Kent Ullberg. It commemorates the historic Ice Age site in Snowmass Village, one of the most significant scientific discoveries in Colorado’s natural history.  

Ullberg worked with scientists to create a physiologically accurate mastodon and the sculpture has been placed in new landscaping that reflects the mastodon’s natural surroundings. Ullberg also placed some “surprises” in the base of the bronze that will be especially fun for little kids to discover.

Pictured in the photo from left, back row, are Austin, Drake, and Cort Carpenter; from left, front row, Peter and Cathy Dea, George Sparks, and Kent Ullberg.

To see a slide show about the creation of Snowmastodon, click here.

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