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"Ski for Light, Art for Sight"

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, August 27, 2017
1. "Ski for Light, Art for Sight" Marker
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Frisco Arts Council
”Ski for Light, Art for Sight”

Placed August 2, 1997
Dedicated to Olav Pedersen, father of Ski for Light
Artist: William Barth Osmundsen

The "Ski for Light, Art for Sight" sculpture of two figures, a female and a male, portrays a sighted cross country skier leading a visually impaired skier.

In 1963, Erling Stordahl (1923-1994), a blind musician, with the support of King Olav, introduced cross-country skiing to a group of blind people in the mountains of Norway. Since then, skiing has enriched the lives of thousands of disabled people around the world. In 1975, another program, Ski for Light, based on the Norwegian experience, was held in Frisco, Summit County, Colorado. Ski for Light was incorporated and is now an annual event held throughout the United States.

Ski For Light is a nonprofit organization founded to promote the physical fitness of visually and mobility impaired adults. Disabled and able bodied people join together in a one-on-one partnership to learn from each other through physically demanding activities.

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By Cosmos Mariner, August 27, 2017
2. "Ski for Light, Art for Sight" Sculpture
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resident Olav Pedersen, a native Norwegian, is the "father" of the American Ski For Light. The Frisco Arts Council has dedicated this piece to Olav and his efforts with the international organization.

Summit Foundation, Town of Frisco, Vail Associates Real Estate Group, Frisco Merchants Association, Community First Bank, Frisco, Nel & George Markle, Sue & John Novotny, Terese & Gene Dayton,
Norwest Bank-Frisco, Ann McCrerey

Roseann & Bob Haussman, Patti & Tim Casey, Glen Graber, Sue & J.D. Peterson D.D.S., Larry and Jeanne Farnum, Karin Henszey-Maybach, Mary Staby & Miles F Porter IV, Breckenridge Lands, Kimberly Caffery Cancelosi, Edna & Max Dercum, Kathy & Larry Lunceford, Rob Philippe, Tom Conolly, Mark O'Reilly, Helen Foote, Katherine & Frank Smith, Betsy & Don Sather, Suzanne & Joseph Brown, Claudia & Jon Kreamelmeyer, Mayor Tex & Liz Erie, Yvonne & Ron Barton, Brenda Lee & Scott Bertrand

 
Erected 1997 by Frisco Arts Council.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicCharity & Public WorkSports. A significant historical year for this entry is 1963.
 
Location. 39° 34.608′ N, 106° 5.62′ W. Marker is in Frisco, Colorado, in Summit County. Marker can be reached from the intersection
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of East Main Street and North 7th Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Marker and subject sculpture are located in the greenway space at the northeast corner of the intersection. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 120 North 7th Avenue, Frisco CO 80443, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Staley-Rouse House (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Foote's Rest (about 700 feet away); Stone Huts (approx. 3.7 miles away); Summit County Courthouse (approx. 7 miles away); The Wedding House (approx. 7 miles away); William Harrison Briggle House (approx. 7.1 miles away); The Exchange (approx. 7.1 miles away); St. Mary's Church (approx. 7.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Frisco.
 
Also see . . .  Ski for Light celebrates 45th anniversary (February 2020). As first explained by blind musician Erling Stordahl, who founded the Ridderrenn or Knight’s Race in Norway in 1964: “We are all disabled in a way, stumbling around in the darkness, some of us because we cannot see with our eyes, others because they have not learned to see with their thoughts, most of us because we do not ‘see’ each other.” At the heart of the SFL program is the skier-guide relationship. Like the twin parallel tracks on which they travel, a skier-guide pair works side by side. Each pair has a chance to develop mutual trust
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and understanding, aided by the fundamental SFL philosophy that the goal is to work with, not for persons with disabilities. (Submitted on April 23, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 23, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 21, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 74 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 23, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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