The Blue Pig Gallery is raising money for an unusual public arts project to be donated to the Town fo Palisade. The artwork is part of the overall beautification of the town center. Under the headline, "Fund raising continues for the Town of Palisade's purchase of Harley - the 6' tall gleaming guppy!" the gallery writes:
"Fund raising for the Town of Palisade is almost complete! To date nearly $14,000 have been generated by local residents and business owners to acquire Lyle Nichol's sculpture entitled Harley for the new town plaza.
"To make a donation call The Blue Pig Gallery or email Jane Wood directely at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donors will be honored with a plaque placed at the base of the sculpture. We have just over $4,000 to go. Please join us in this important project!
"The eye-catching sculpture of a fish, with scales made from 66 Harley Davidson mufflers, will be purchased through donations made to the Town of Palisade. Lyle Nichols is a long time Palisade resident whose family has been living in and around Palisade for three generations. Nichols’ work is on display throughout the town at Plum Creek Winery, Palisades National Bank and at The Blue Pig Gallery. “Harley” will be installed in the water feature of the new Town plaza next spring at the corner of Third Street and Main Street.
Lyle Nichols is a local character. You can view some of his artwork in Palisade, such as the Chardonnay Chicken in front of Plum Creek Cellars, Rusty's Dream in front of the Palisades National Bank, or simply drive by his studio near Carlson Vineyards on Orchard Mesa.