City of Castle Rock to present me with “cool” award

Coolin’ the Dogs sculpture recognized

On Tuesday, February 22, I will receive the City of Castle Rock’s Sense of Place and Community Character award for my life-size sculpture, Coolin’ the Dogs during the city’s second annual Site Design Award program on February 22, 2011.

About Coolin the Dogs and the City of Castle Rock Award

craig-bergsgaard-western-sculpture-castlerock Coolin’ depicts an early frontiersman taking a break from the toils of the day with a much-needed foot soak. His trusty horse, Dusty, stands close by also enjoying a break.

The 1,300-pound bronze was installed at Fifth and Gilbert streets in Castle Rock in 2009.

I was chosen to receive the Sense of Place and Community Character award by the Town of Castle Rock Planning Community in their January 27th meeting. The award is so-named because it recognizes fine design that reflects the nature of the people that call Castle Rock their home.

Coolin the Dogs shows sacrifice, survival and someone doing what he wants to do – which is what life is all about. It celebrates a person willing to sacrifice some things in order to achieve others, which is how Castle Rock became the community that it is.

Event Details

The Second Annual Site Design Awards will be held at the City of Castle Rock town hall:
• Date: February 22, 2011
• Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
• Location: 100 Wilcox Street, Castle Rock
• Contact: 303-660-1367
You are cordially invited to attend.

About Castle Rock, Colorado

The City of Castle Rock, population 46,261, is located on Colorado’s Front Range Corridor. It was founded by settlers in 1864, enticed to the beautiful location a few years earlier upon hearing rumors of gold in the region. It was not gold, but instead the mineral rhylolite that let to the settling of the town.

Castle Rock has an aesthetic mix of history and fine art. Its historic downtown area is still preserved, and the town maintains its historic feel through its building codes. Art in the city is supported through the Phillip S. Miller trust fund, which allocates money to purchase public art.

I was truly honored to sculpt the town’s entryway landmark. It really shows the mark of a gracious community when they value public art to enrich the lives of its citizens.


Would you like to discuss adding a life-size or monumental sculpture to your town or organization’s property? Please contact me at Craig Bergsgaard Studios. I would be happy to discuss particulars with you.