The monumental art project planned for the Dillon Drive Bridge at I-25 on the city’s north side, known as the Gateway to the Southwest I-25 Art Project, has received additional financial support. The Garone-Nicksich Foundation has donated $50,000 to the project which will help the City meet its fundraising goal of $800,000. The fundraising campaign has started and the Committee is looking for funding.
In a letter sent to the city last month, a spokesperson for the Foundation says it became interested in donating following a gift by the Robert Hoag Rawlings Foundation. The Garone and Nicksich families merged their family foundation into one grant making foundation named the Garone-Nicksich Foundation. Josephine Nicksich and Richard Quigg co-owned and operated the Max Day agencies until they sold it to Steel City Agencies.Bill Zwick, Capital Projects Manager for the City of Pueblo, says the City and the fundraising Committee are excited to accept this donation which shows the interest and importance of this project to the community.
The $800,000 project consists of several components. The first component is the capital component for the design and construction of a pair of 45-foot sculptures on the Dillon Drive Bridge and two small replicas located Downtown. Secondly, there is a program component which is an online based showcase of creativity and innovation submitted by the community and southeastern Colorado. The project contributors will also be recognized here. Finally, a stewardship fund will be established to maintain the Gateway sculptures and take care of graffiti removal and lighting.