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The sculptors have benefited not only from sales, but from the tight-knit community that’s evolved among the hundreds of artists who have exhibited public art in Grand Junction. Many collaborations between the artists have developed over the years, both professional and personal. The tribe of Art on the Corner sculptors supports each other in their work, sometimes potentially at their own professional expense.

“Harlan Mosher and I were in a competition,” Davis said. “There were just two of us left and we were down to the maquettes. Then I wrecked my motorcycle out in the desert and was laid up bad. Harlan didn’t want to win by default so he came over and built my maquette for me. Then he beat me fair and square.” The winning piece, “Mesas, Monoliths Monuments,” can be seen at the corner of Third and Main streets, a mainstay of Art on the Corner.

Art on the Corner not only received an Excellence in Public Art award from the International Making Cities Livable organization in 1998, it also inspired people in other towns to copy the program. Tate Chamberlin grew up in Grand Junction and worked on Art on the Corner as a young man. When he later moved to Montana, the idea stayed with him and he helped start a similar project there. Several others have done the same, a public art movement radiating out like sculpted spokes from Grand Junction to the world.

In the end, the power of the Art on the Corner, and all the people and projects that have been inspired by it, lies in the simple transformative power of art. As Davis believes, “The real result of Art on the Corner is to change the way people think about their town. And it allows so many people to see great artwork without paying a dime.” Free inspiration is something hard to beat.

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It costs about $10,000 to launch a pound of payload into orbit, according to NASA. We'll need to pack light.

Or we can just build what we need when we need it.

"Let's skip launch," says Matt Napoli, a vice president of Made In Space, whose tagline, "Dream on Earth. Build among the stars," pretty much sums up its mission.

"Let's skip that whole process and build things where they're needed, whether it's in space, on the moon or Mars."

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Architects of the Death Star would probably agree.

For the past two years, the company's Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) has provided 3D printing on the International Space Station. Manufacturing is controlled from the ground.

NASA and commercial customers use the AMF as a service for making parts, tools, assemblies and medical materials.

But first, the Mountain View, California, company had to get a 3D printer to work in space. Its engineers realized, for example, that the heat melting the feedstock material would gather at the extruder in microgravity instead of dissipating into the air as it does on Earth. They had to find a way to diffuse the heat. Made In Space also had to figure out if microgravity would prevent printed layers from sticking together, and whether fumes from the melted materials would be safe to breathe in the ISS's atmosphere.

So far, they've printed everything from wrenches to finger splints (in case an astronaut floats into a wall and jams a finger). They even printed a part for their first 3D printer.

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Hey, someone has to keep an eye on our big blue marble when everyone else focuses on the red planet.

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