Renowned Colorado artist loses decades of work after fire destroys studio


LONGMONT, Colorado — Android Jones is a renowned Boulder County-based artist whose work has been projected in places such as the Sydney Opera House. On January 18, Art Jones’s two-story barn, which was used as his studio, was torn down in a fire, destroying his 20-year-old work.

Jones said the fire engulfed the barn early Wednesday morning. He took a video showing fire pouring out of every window and door in the structure.

“It was probably the most helpless I’ve ever felt,” recalls Jones. [there was] A lot of shock, anger, depression. ”

The barn housed Jones’ artwork, tools, electronics, and everything he used to feed his family.

“I had a piece of art upstairs that was in the Smithsonian Institution and was thinking about passing it on to my kids,” said Jones. It’s about the death of the ego. Because, as an artist, this has been my energy for decades focused on what I wanted to outlive myself. ”

Jones said his father, Rick, built a barn on the land where Jones was born and raised. The first one he built was in 1975 and the barn he burned down in 2008. Jones’ father rebuilt it.

“He passed away in 2013 and I came here and when he passed away I took over the space,” Jones said.

As the days went by, Jones began to see fire through a different didactic lens.

“When your greatest fear happens, I don’t have to carry that fear anymore. I can carry the scars of it happening. It’s easier than carrying the fear,” Jones explains. Did. I think everything we do is in some form, form, different stages of attachment and release.

Jones decided the only way forward was to surrender to what happened.

“Even though I am only surrounded by the smoldering, toxic ash of my dreams, I feel hopeful,” said Jones after receiving tremendous support from friends, community and total strangers. We. “

Online fundraiser has already raised thousands of dollars to support Jones during this time.

“Now that I know how many people care about what we’re doing here, I believe in myself more than ever. And that’s priceless.” It gives me new ways to benefit more people and show my gratitude, love and gratitude to all those who believed in me. can be given to

Jones said the part of him he feared going unprotected was left in the ashes.

Also Ashes, which he now sees through a different lens.

“I was going to become a metal sculptor,” Jones said. He thought the damage could be a future work of art.

GoFundMe raised over $200,000 in the first two days of being posted. The goal is 2.5 million.

As of Sunday night, Jones said the cause of the fire had not been determined. He added that inspectors would come to see the damage on Tuesday.


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