Dragonslayer - Crested Butte, CO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
N 38° 51.977 W 106° 58.759
13S E 328278 N 4303799
Quick Description: Impressive knight and dragon made of cut chrome bumpers and other chrome furnishing from older cars.
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 6/22/2008 3:54:22 PM
Waymark Code: WM418X
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member GEO*Trailblazer 1
Views: 84

Long Description:

This impressive piece is located in a park that also houses the Crested Butte (CO) Art Center. The artist is Sean Guerrero, Sean previously resided in the mountain town of Crested Butte, Colorado and travels frequently to his second home in the Bordeaux region of France. He now lives in Denver, Colorado, where he grew up. Early on he realized that he had the ability to create sculptures from recycled materials such as wood, steel and plastic. Once Sean discovered the unique opportunities of working with chrome plated steel, taken from old automobile bumpers, it became his preferred medium.

St. George the Dragonslayer

Although common story in England (St. George is the patron Saint of England), the myth of St. George the Dragonslayer is rarely told in America. The statue recreates the dramatic moment in the struggle between the future Saint and a dragon.

The real story of St. George

The struggle of George and the dragon is an allegory representing Christianity overcoming the pagan rituals. George was a Roman soldier born in eastern Asia (Cappadocia). At the time the emperor Diocletian's army was in search of those who had accepted Christ as the Son of God. George, who was fairly high up in the army, told Diocletian that what the emperor was doing was wrong, then left the army. He was put to death by Diocletian's men in the vicinity of Lydda, Palestine. His death inspired Christians to continue being true to their faith during troubled times.

St. George the Dragonslayer

Near a village in a land far distant, a dragon lived. Villagers lived in fear of the dragon, for it was so powerful. Flames shot from its mouth and smoke billowed from its nose. Huge claws protruded from its strong paws and its tail left a path of destruction. Villages would leave part of their hunt everyday for the hungry dragon.

Finally, all the animals were gone so the villagers decided send in a human. Lots were cast and the loser was the daughter of the king of the village. She was taken to the dragon and left by her people. As the dragon approached a young knight, George, appeared and battled the dragon with but a sword. George thrust deep into the bosom of the dragon with his sword, killing the dragon by piercing his heart and saving the princess. When George returned to the village the people were overjoyed at the return of the king's daughter. George told them the story of Jesus Christ and baptized them.

About the statue

St. George the Dragonslayer is actually almost three tons of chrome made from the recycled remains of cars from the 1930's and 1940's and other recycled objects. Created by artist Sean Guerrero, who made a study of the subject before building the statue. St. George is pictured in traditional garb of a Knights Cheval (or Knights Templar) who were trained and bound by a code of ethics (hence the word chivalry). The knight on a chessboard is created with the Knights Cheval in mind.

The dragon is a massive creature with a wingspan of 23 feet. [excerpted from ]

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719 5th Street
Crested Butte, Colorado USA

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