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Three sculptures to be revealed, marking history of Platte River Commons area in Casper

Artist Betsy Bower works on a sculpture that is now installed at the John F. Welch Auditorium at NCHS. Bower is among the artists chosen for the new sculptures that will be installed along the Platte River Commons Trail. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

CASPER, Wyo. — Three local artists have created industrial sculptures that will “pay homage to the history” of the former Amoco Refinery area in Casper.

Art by Betsy Bower, Travis Blankenbaker and Darry Hume was selected by the Amoco Reuse Agreement Joint Powers Board’s Art Committee to be placed along the Platte River Commons Trail.

“The trail environment needs to be a place of inspiration,” ARAJPB Executive Director Renee Hahn said on Monday, May 11. “These artists were chosen to bring a strong sense of beauty and vitality to the trails.”

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The metal sculptures will be installed on May 18 on the south side of the North Platte River between Pedestrian Bridge and Railroad Bridge along the Platte River Commons Trail.

“The artwork will be lit at night as well,” ARAJPB adds.

Due to COVID-19, ARAJPB will hold a celebration in honor of the sculptures and the artists at a later date.

Several businesses have donated services toward the project:

  • British Petroleum (BP)
  • Art 321
  • High Country Crane
  • CED Distributors
  • Short Powerline Services

“ARAJPB would like to thank to all these businesses and individuals for their continued support and investment in our community,” the release adds.