Jul 10, 2014 8:56 PM by Andy Koen

Museum to shine light on Pueblo landmark

PUEBLO - An icon of the Pueblo landscape will be shining bright Friday evening. Evraz Rocky Mountain Steel Mills gave permission to members of the Bessemer Historical Society and Steelworks Museum to shine flood lights on their famous blast furnaces.

The museum hopes to draw attention to a new exhibit created by artist Gregory Howell. His work called "the Typing Pool" and features a number of old typewriters left abandoned in the museum basement since 1993 when the CF&I went bankrupt.

"We just thought of typing pool and I'd actually seen pictures of actual typewriter, you know, secretaries and people were using type writers," Howell explained. "So, then the idea came up well why don't we just the word pool a little further and create a swimming pool."

This is the second time the museum has illuminated the blast furnace. Museum director Tim Hawkins says the first time was more of an experiment. He's excited to give the community a rare chance to see their landmark in a new light.

"If you haven't seen them lit up at night, they are extremely dramatic," Hawkins said.

An opening night reception for the Typing Pool begins at 7:30 p.m. and the museum will light the stacks at 9:00. The Steelworks Museum is located at 215 Canal Street in Bessemer, just across I-25 from the Steel Mill. The exhibit is sponsored by Pueblo Electrics.


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