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The Van Briggle Story Depicted in Art

“This memorial wall, with three glass tile mosaic murals, was created in 2011 by Larry Terrafranca as part of a tribute to Artus and Anne Van Briggle. The murals depict the industry of pottery, the Van Briggle legacy and Artus’ struggle with tuberculosis. In 1901 the Van Briggles started creating their Art Deco pottery in Colorado Springs. This memorial wall includes Van Briggle Tiles, hand carved limestone elements, and custom cast bronze insets that depict the artisans. The Van Briggle building, immediately to the south of the wall, was built in 1908 and purchased by Colorado College in 1968.

Glass Tile Mosaic – “Van Briggle Legacy”: the southernmost glass tile mosaic panel celebrates over a century of Van Briggle art pottery. Artus arrived in Colorado Springs in 1899. The composition is layered with vessel forms and floral motifs in vivid colors. Artus and Anne Van Briggle exhibited their works at the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair where their pottery won numerous gold, silver and bronze medals. Artus died of tuberculosis on July 4, 1904 at the age of thirty-five. Anne Van Briggle led the pottery company after her husband’s death.

Glass Tile Mosaic – “Artus’ Impending Doom”: the center glass tile mosaic panel represents Artus Van Briggle’s struggle with tuberculosis and his declining health, necessitating his move to Colorado Springs in hopes of recuperation. Artus began experimenting with local clays and perfecting the matte glazes for his pottery. The lo

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Medium type: Bronze; Ceramic Tile

Date created: 2011


Colorado Springs, CO, 80903

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