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ButisitArtClaesOldenburgsFishingPole83InplanningorasculptureorLionsheadVailofcialscastartosecuretheworkoClaesOldenburgwhohadbeenmakinganameorhimselromNewYorkCitytoLosAngeleswithhisenigmaticsculpturesootenordinaryobjectsandactions.Sizinguptheset-tinginVailhereturnedwithamodeloagiantshingpoletorise62eetaboveGoreCreekthepoleandthelinearcing160eetandyieldinganorange55-gallontincan.SomeVailresidentswereoended.Onecalleditsacrilegioustothestream.Iweneedanorangeshingpoletobeno-ticedthatssadsaidacouncilmember.MayorRodSlieravoredthesculpturepredictingitwouldshowerprestigeonVail.Hephilosophicallynotedthatthesculpturehadalreadyservedapurposeingettingpeopleinterestedinpublicart.Ev-eryonehadbecomeanexpertitseemed.AplayulinterpretationoOldenburgsshingpoleevenappearedatDowdJunc-tion.IntheendthetownpolitelypassedonOldenburgssculptureandhetookhis10000commissionandlet.TodayamodeloOldenburgsproposedinstalla-tionisdisplayedintheVailPublicLibrary.DonatedtothetownbytheRosenquistamilyitissignedbytheartistandin-scribedorVail.Ironicallythismodelhasbecomeoneothemorevaluableworksoartinthetownscollection.FunandwHimsyinPubliCPlaCEsThetownspublicartcollectionnowtotaling42workshasevolvedsincetheOldenburgdays.ThroughgenerousdonationscommissionedworkandtheoutdoorpublicartdisplayswithinprivatedevelopmentspublicartdotstheVaillandscape.Artistshavebeencommissionedtointegratecreativedesignsintosuchordinaryobjectsashandrailsmanholecoversgratesfencesandplaygrounds.Thetownspublicartcollectionincludesworkthatrangesfromsculpturestomuralsandfrompaintingstoenvironmentalinstallations.VailValleyMedicalCenterbecomesull-servicehospital.BeaverCreekopensorskiing.VailInvitationalFigureSkatingChallengepremieres.WestVailandIntermountainannexed.1980VailValleyFounda-tionthenon-proftcharitableorganiza-tionisoundedbyVailAssociates.LionsheadParkingStructureopens.VailDailynewspa-perestablished.Snowmakingca-pabilitiesexpanded1981withconstructionoSnowCentralmaincontrolacilityandmountainsfrstmajorwaterstoragepond.VailFireProtectionDistrictdissolvesandbecomestowndepartment.DebutoDavosDashmountainbikeraceandVailHill-Climbrunningrace.St.MoritzSwitzer-landbecomessistercity.1982thenineteeneightiesPursuitofaYear-RoundEconomy87Somethingsneverchange.OneotheearlycitizenadvisorycommitteesconvenedbyVailsrstmayorwastoconsiderapressingproblemacingVailtheneedoraconvention-typeacility.AstudytobuildoneinFordParkwasmetwithresistancebythosewhohadotherideas.Bythe1980sinterestinaconerencecentersuracedagain.Asbeorethereweremanybedsorrentbutnotmanycustomersorlongstretchesotheyear.In1987aproposaloraconventioncentercalledCongressHallwassubmittedtovoters.SponsorsotheproposalsaidtheconerencecenterwouldevenoutVailseconomy.Voterswerentsold.Themeasurewasdeeated.Aboutthesametimeaproposalwentorwardtobuilda5.5millionaquaticcenterinFordPark.Proponentssaiditwouldbeayear-roundattractioncompatiblewithskivacationsbutavailableatothertimesotheyear.Italsowasrejectedbythecommunitywhenvotersturneditdown992to199duringanelectionin1990.Butthedesiretoleveltheeconomyremained.In1993asecondattempttobuildaconerencecenteralsoailed.Thenin2002taxestosupportconstructionoaconerencecenterwereapprovedbutvoterssaidnotoadditionaltaxesoroperations.WilltheideareemergeTimewilltell.Firstuseorealestatetransertaxundenactedwithacquisitiono3.9millionElmorepar-celrenamedJohnF.DonovanPark.Townimposesbriemoratoriumonnewdevelopment.SisterCitiesbanners.Firefghtertraining.Durngthe80swesawashftfromeconomcdependenceonneghborngstatestoabroaderreachforguestsfromtheEastandWestcoastsplusnternatonally.inpartnershpwthValResortswebeganpursungthe1989WorldSkChamponshpsandmprovngourservcesforguestsandlocals.Wealsocompletedthepublclbraryandexpandedthefreebussystem.TheskcompanyandthetownhadcommongoalstomakeValbetterrosfeMayor1977-198500-007DavidLokeyThestonepaversonWallStreetinVailVillagewerecreatedbyartistCarolynBraaksma.TheseengravedimagesarecleverriddlesandwordpuzzlesthatidentiyskislopesgardenslandmarksandsymbolsoVail.10VailsFirst50196-01