“This SUN LION is a gift to this vibrant artistic community we call home! We all live in the Heart of the Beast, our city, our neighborhood, our park, OUR world! Shine in all of your glory!” -Paul Robinson
Soon after the Community Showcase became a part of the art fair in 2001, many of us talked about building a tall, colorful, inviting structure to herald the Showcase area.
In 2012, park director Adam Lares said, “I know who can do that.” Adam soon introduced me to Paul Robinson: artist, puppet fabricator, and all-around great guy to work with. Paul, Adam, and I brainstormed. “I’d like to see something big, colorful, and weatherproof that moves in the wind and welcomes people,” I said. “How about a big sun?” said Paul. “It can rotate on a pole.” Adam and I said, “Perfect!”
On the day before the fair opened, Adam and Paul affixed the big red and yellow sculpture atop a post already used for signage in the picnic area. This year, the sun’s red fabric rays will catch wind, rotate, and welcome fair guests once again. Look for Paul Robinson’s wonderful creation at the Community Showcase on the south side of the park building.
The SUN LION heralds the Community Showcase area of the art fair. Created by Paul Robinson in 2012. Paul Robinson is currently the Company Manager of In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre and the May Day Parade and Festival Director. Powderhorn Art Fair thanks Paul Robinson for his beautiful art that will be seen by many and cherished for years to come.