EXCLUSIVE; Artist behind the big horn sheep sculptures

FRUITA, Colorado (KREX) — Pavia Justinian is the artist working on the big horn sheep sculptures that will be installed at the Redlands Parkway roundabout.

Justinian said that even before the Arts and Culture Commission issued a call for artists, it thought the roundabout looked empty.

Redlands Roundabout currently

“I’ve been looking at this roundabout since they built it and I thought it really needed some art. It looked so empty,” Justinien said.

Justinian thought he needed sheep with big horns. “There’s this nice view of the Colorado National Monument behind it, so I really thought it would be cool to build some big horn sheep for that.”

Fortunately, Justinian’s point of view matched the community’s view. In 2020, at Redlands Middle School, the arts and culture committee held an event to decide what to put in the roundabout. More than 100 people decided that big horn sheep would fill this space well.

His process of building the sheep began with a 2D drawing on cardboard. Then she started with a metal frame, like a car. From this frame, she used old car fenders and tractor hoods to fashion the sheep.

“I really like all the curvy shapes you get with [old car parts]. Organic curved shapes lend themselves well to building animals,” Justinian said.

The Great Horned Sheep Art Installation Plan

She estimates that the four sheep sculptures will be installed in January 2023; it is the mother sheep, her calf and the two sheep who are fighting.

Want to see more of Pavia Justinian’s work? Look around Grand Junction. She made the Sephera sculpture on the 5the and Main St. with several benches at the Mesa County Library’s Discover Garden.