Manitou Chair Project Lines Mountain Town With Empty Chairs (PHOTOS)

10/10/2011 01:21 pm ET | Updated Dec 10, 2011

An art project in Manitou Springs, Colorado last weekend reflects the culmination of nearly 15 years of planning by artist Sean O'Meallie. The "Manitou Chair Project," conceptualized by O'Meallie in the mid 1990s, used nearly 1,000 chairs, borrowed from city residents, to line the central avenue through town.

As O'Meallie sees it, the project "is about this image, but it really builds on the unique charms and character of Manitou Springs. Manitou is a small town of 5,000 people and covers about three square miles. It sits in a high mountain valley at the base of Pikes Peak, in Colorado ... the community is very art-leaning, so it's a natural place to launch this project idea."

PHOTOS of The Manitou Chair Project:

The Manitou Chair Project

Correction: An earlier version of this story incorrectly spelled O'Meallie as O'Maellie