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For more than 40 years, George Lundeen has been sculpting bronzes in Loveland. But his process goes back about 500 years -- at least.

“It’s no different than what Michelangelo did,” Lundeen said. “And you can see from his models, he started with very small models, went to a little bit larger model that had more detail on it, and finally went into a piece of stone.”

For Lundeen, it typically starts with a sketch and then a model molded out of clay. That’s used to create a cast for a wax model, which is cast again, and the wax melted out. Then it’s ready for a foundry to make the final piece of art.

But now Lundeen -- and a lot of other sculptors -- are going a bit more high-tech.

Courtesy of Sandy Scott

Sandy Scott has shot thousands of African wildlife. Of course, when she's shooting lions, cheetahs and elephants, it's with a Nikon.

"You know, a picture really is worth a thousand words," Scott said.

A member of Artist Ambassadors Against Poaching, the wildlife artist is hoping the sculptures she crafted using photos from a 2013 African safari will be worth a life.

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The National Sculptors’ Guild Sculpture Garden is meant to showcase how the outdoors can be an ideal place for art. Executive Director John Kinkade said the garden is purposefully kept fairly natural to encourage wildlife. On that count it is perhaps too successful, at least one busy beaver has made itself at home.

“I think they must be art appreciators,” Kinkade said. “Because so far they’ve avoided all the sculptures. They’re felling these trees so that they do not hit sculptures.”

Maybe not the friendliest of art critics though, right?

Courtesy Loveland Fire & Ice Festival

The Loveland Fire & Ice Festival's snow sculpting competition is feeling the heat. Surely you've noticed that temperatures have been hotter than normal, pushing festival organizers to shift gears for the annual event.

"We plan as far ahead as we can and have Plans A, B, C, and D, and most of those plans have been thwarted," said Nate Webb, owner of Blazen Illuminations, event organizer for the festival. "We made as much snow as we could in the last two weeks and prayed to God that it wouldn't melt."