The Muellers had a vision of a big HeART on Eisenhower Boulevard to welcome travelers on this major artery leading through Loveland. They decided to sponsor a large fiberglass HeART through the “Loveland: A City with HeART” program, managed by E.L. Events.
Teresa Mueller approached two of their Mueller Pye & Associates clients who are Loveland artists, Mary Benke and Merrilee Cleveland. She was familiar with the artists, having collected their work before. The Muellers, who moved here from Texas, asked Mary for a painting representing their new adventure in Colorado, something showing the mountains and wildlife they love. They asked sculptor Merrilee to create a bronze three-dimensional figure to leap out of the open center of the HeART, representing their leap of faith in coming to Colorado. For a final touch, they requested a pink ribbon to honor a staff member who is a breast cancer survivor.