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Rick Dula – R.I.P. Rocky Mountain News Building

Jul 04, 2009

Amy and I are huge fans and collectors of Rick Dula.  We’ve got a number of pieces of his art of the construction of the new Denver Art Museum hanging in my office at Foundry Group that we bought from the William Havu Gallery in Denver.

Our anniversary was June 21st and neither of us managed to get the other one a gift.  So – on June 21st we went trolling around the web for a piece of art to buy.  We each bought one and then decided to buy two more for our life dinner gifts on July 1st.  The two that we bought on our anniversary were Rick Dula’s – the first is R.I.P. Rocky Mountain News Building.

My world is all about innovation.  In the mid 1990’s, as the commercial Internet started to emerge and the World Wide Web became something that people both knew about and used, it seemed like the traditional newspaper (and traditional newspaper business) wasn’t long for the world.  While it took fifteen or so years for the real end game to emerge, I’ll definitely hang this one in my office as a reminder of how creative destruction works.

The other Dula that we decided to buy was D.A.M. Building Progress. 

This one is a big one – 41.5” x 55” – so we aren’t yet sure where it’s going to go.  Since we love to support local living artists, we’ll definitely try to find a spot for this other than “storage.”