Lit­tle House Project will ce­ment artist’s legacy

The Denver Post - - DENVER & THE WEST -

boul­der»Although sculp­tor Adam Ju­nior is pre­par­ing to move away from Boul­der this month, a small piece of him will re­main in town through a par­tic­i­pa­tory art project he dubbed the Lit­tle House Project.

Maybe you’ve seen one of Ju­nior’s lit­tle houses around town, stick­ing out of a tree or rest­ing on a rock. The gray houses are made out of light­weight ce­ment and stand just a few inches tall. You can find them in six dif­fer­ent styles: small, reg­u­lar, ranch, high ranch, tall and McMan­sion.

Ju­nior, who works at the front desk of the Univer­sity of Colorado Art Mu­seum when he’s not mak­ing art, made 15,333 ce­ment houses for an Au­gust ex­hibit ti­tled “Keep­sakes” at the Fort Collins Mu­seum of Art.

But when the ex­hibit came down, Ju­nior de­cided to keep the piece go­ing by giv­ing away the houses and en­cour­ag­ing peo­ple to spread them around and pho­to­graph them in their new en­vi­ron­ment. That’s how the Lit­tle House Project was born.

“They are free to take, to move, to do what­ever you choose,” Ju­nior wrote in a post on Face­book.

Ju­nior, 35, has been mak­ing houses ar­tis­ti­cally for at least the past 10 years.

Since Ju­nior, his wife, their dog and their cat are mov­ing to New Zealand at the end of De­cem­ber, he has been giv­ing away the lit­tle houses in bulk. He started by giv­ing them to artists and grad­u­ate stu­dents in Boul­der, then put up sev­eral posts on Craigslist with the in­ten­tion of giv­ing some of the houses away to teach­ers. Sarah Kuta, Daily Cam­era

Boul­der sculp­tor Adam Ju­nior made 15,333 tiny ce­ment houses for a re­cent art show in Fort Collins.

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