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The Gazette, May 31, 2003 "Kempf art removed; Lottie Kempf arrested"




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Kempf art removed; daughter arrestet
By ED SEALOVER - THE GAZETTE www.gazette.com : May 31, 2003
The 41-foot-tall sky-gazing bird that has towered over the North Cheyenne Canyon area and once fell down in a wind storm came down again Friday morning.
But this time, Starr Kempf’s famed “Sunrise Serenade” sculpture isn’t going back up.
During a tumultuous morning that included the arrest of Kempf’s daughter and an audience of neighbors, Joshua Kempf, nephew of the deceased artist, began the court-ordered removal of his art.
Three pieces at least 33 feet tall came down by noon, soon to be shipped to a New Mexico wind festival for the next three months. Three others that violate neighborhood zoning statutes must come down in the near future; no final homes have been found for them.
Kempf’s art has adorned his yard at 2057 Pine Grove Ave. since 1978. It has gained national and international attention and has been a frequent stopping place for out-of-town visitors.
But since her father’s death in 1995, Starr’s daughter, Lottie Kempf, has been engaged in an escalating eight-year battle with neighbors since her father’s death in 1995 over her efforts to turn the home into a for-profit business. A District Court judge ruled last year the family must remove sculptures that were too high for residential neighborhoods or too close to the road.
“This isn’t any fun for me,” said Joshua, who represents the family trust and has spoken for other members in their recent fight against Lottie. “It’s certainly not something I wanted to see happen.”
Earlier this month, a federal court judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Lottie against Joshua, Colorado Springs and United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, giving Joshua a chance to comply with the order to take down the sculptures without telling Lottie.
Two police cruisers and seven neighbors were waiting with him when the A-1 crane arrived outside Lottie’s Broadmoor-area home at 7:23 a.m.
Lottie burst out of her house as workers sized up the noose-like rope needed to lift Sunrise Serenade off its pedestal. She yelled at Joshua to stay away and told police officers he had no right to be there.
Finally, as the bird was coming off its stand at 8:07 a.m., Lottie came out again. This time, police arrested her for two outstanding traffic violations, Officer B.M. Babin said.
The violations, for speeding and parking tickets, went unpaid because Lottie claims she lives on patented land and does not fall under city law, Joshua said.
Through it all, Hedwig Kempf, Starr’s elderly widow, watched the ruckus from a small concrete table near the home. A neighbor’s child ran to visit her at one point, and she was later taken away by a friend of the family.
“My grandmother’s a tough lady, and she’s pretty resilient,” Joshua said. “In the last several years, she hasn’t had a proper explanation of what’s going on free of Lottie’s presence.”
In addition to the neighbors, several people stopped to see what was happening. Frank Warner, who bicycles in the area five times a week, said he was sad to see the sculptures go.
“I think they’re neat,” he said. “I don’t know what’s wrong with the people around here.”
Many neighbors were saddened by the disappearance of the sculptures, too. All said none of this would have been necessary if they could have worked with Lottie.
But after the two sides clashed over her aborted plans to open a business at the house, Lottie sued the neighbors. They went to the city for help, and the city sued the Kempfs over zoning violations.
“It’s difficult to expect the public at large to understand all the issues the neighborhood has been through, but none of it was asked for,” nearby resident Kathy King said. “It’s very poignant. It’s very sad.”
Joshua Kempf continues to discuss placement of the sculptures with several entities, including the city of Colorado Springs and the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He hopes to find homes for all the sculptures within the next few months, he said

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The Gazette, May 28, 2003 "Judge dismisses Kempf suit"
 
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