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My New Cherry Creek Mural coming soon in Denver

My New Cherry Creek Mural coming soon in Denver

“Symbols of Colorado” is back with a sequel mural for the Denver’s Urban Arts Fund graffiti prevention Mural Program. This week I started working on my next mural project at Cherry Creek Trail adjacent to Confluence Park. I hope Colorado will give us a nice and warm November!   The Cherry Creek mural will be painted on the walls of the creek, facing a very busy pedestrian walkway and bike path. At first, the mural was planned to be painted as a continuation of my mural “Symbols of Colorado” on W. Alameda Ave and I-25 in Denver Colorado. But when the time came for the mural to be painted, I found out that the walls will be reconstructed within the next two years. So a new location for the mural needed to be found. Cherry Creek in Denver is a local hub for muralists, both local and international. More than 20 murals had been painted there in past years. So the decision to paint a mural there was an easy one. It’ll be nice for me to have a mural on Cherry Creek in Denver. As I said above the theme for the mural is a continuation of my 2016 mural with symbols of Colorado. If my first mural showed more known Colorado symbols like the state animal, state flower, state tree, and state fish; the second mural will acquaint viewers with less known symbols: the state reptile, state dinosaur, state bird and other birds and animals native to Colorado: bison, pheasant, Cliff Swallow, woodpecker, and prehistoric looking Double-crested Cormorant. The natural views are mixed with the old city architecture, the Rocky Mountains and bright sun are an indispensable...
A New Tunnel Art in Longmont Colorado is Coming Soon!

A New Tunnel Art in Longmont Colorado is Coming Soon!

Tunnel art at 21st & Hover street underpass in Longmont, CO will be my next exciting project! The underpass is mostly used by bicycle and pedestrian traffic from nearby communities, who are going to McIntosh Lake, Garden Acres park, using the designated “Longmont (bicycle) Loop” or accessing the many businesses. Mural Design Longmont is a small city with a growing population that still has a small town feel, honoring the historical roots to the Chicago colony while concurrently embracing the technological advances of modern day society and the opportunities provided. Longmont continues to grow in its representation of diverse cultures. Realistic images are mixed in with stylized, representing the diversity of culture in Longmont. Poppy flowers, osprey, a cyclist on a mountain pass, and historic colonial buildings. Multi Modal colorful design elements resemble a collage or a quilt. The walls inside the underpass will have light and bright colors to brighten up the tunnel and invite people to go through the underpass. North Wall.  The west wing has images of Longmont’s beautiful lakes and nature and our bright Colorado Sun; over the old colonial buildings; Water birds, fish, and flowers all native to Colorado; All across the mural I included flowers and blooming plants as a symbol of growth and inspiration. Also, bears on a tandem bicycle. South Wall. Flowers, plants, an unicyclist with fresh farmed produce, representing the agricultural past of Longmont. Abstract shapes and forms, Floral elements; Lakes, mountains and birds. The Collage style of the design represents the diversity of Longmont’s people and its culture. This is an energetic and rhythmic design; it invites people to continue their...
Ground murals in Lakewood are coming soon!

Ground murals in Lakewood are coming soon!

My next project is starting next week, May 30th, with ground murals for the 40 West Artline in Lakewood, CO. The 40 West ArtLine is an exciting new amenity being developed in the heart of the 40 West Arts Creative District along historic West Colfax Avenue and the W Line in Lakewood, Colorado. I’ll be creating two ground murals and art for a fence for this project. To read more about it and about other art that is being created for the Artline visit their website >  Mountair Park ground mural “Blooming city”. Mural design was inspired by the agricultural history of Lakewood and the urban farm at the Mountair park. Flowers and plants represent growth and new beginnings that are happening in the city. The mural will be painted in the center of the park, between the baseball field and children playground.   Another mural will be painted in the park near the Lakewood’s DMV, right next to Aviation Park. The mural “Movement” will be painted on the sidewalk along the north side of 17th Ave., between Pierce and Reed streets. Dynamic lines and elements of transportation in the mural are inspired by the proximity of the DMV and Aviation Park. Bright colors and cheerful atmosphere are welcoming changes and represent hope for the future. ____ It will be my second experience painting ground murals. The first was a very successful mural created in 2016 in Aurora, CO. A massive two street block mural was painted during two weekends with the help of more than 350 volunteers. You can see and read more about this project here and here > ____ Come back soon to see the process of the painting of the ground murals and the...
Design for Alameda Light rail Station Mural Project

Design for Alameda Light rail Station Mural Project

The design for “Alameda” light rail station in Denver, CO was one among other projects that I created and submitted in 2017. It was an international call with hundreds of submissions from all over the world, but I still decided to participate. The building where the mural was planned to be painted on belongs to Xcel Energy. That is why it was encouraged to have elements of electricity, energy, and sustainability. It is a long wall that was wrapping the building, with many “bends” and corners. Other themes to be included were transportation and city life due to the initiator of the project, The Denver Light Rail transit system. My idea was to create a detailed mural with strong symbolic significance as well as very monumental and powerful. My design has many faces, people, and emotions in it.   I tried to interlace timeless elements of nature with modern life and with its characteristics: electricity, transportation, cities, and industrialism. At the same time, I wanted this mural to give a feeling of hope and optimism for the future.   As with a few other projects of 2017 that I wrote posts about, my design wasn’t chosen for realization. But it was fun to participate in this project, create an interesting design and learn a lot about Denver through research in preparation for it. Denver, CO /...
Mural Design for University of New Mexico in Albuquerque

Mural Design for University of New Mexico in Albuquerque

This post continues the line of posts of my design projects that weren’t realized. UNM Mural Design was created in June 2017. I was among three finalists chosen in a national call for this project. Though my design wasn’t chosen it was an interesting project to participate in. I learned a lot about the history of Albuquerque, New Mexico, The American South West during the research for this mural design. The left side of the design represents the nature, history and culture of Albuquerque, New Mexico and the establishment of Albuquerque and the University. The center of the design is a combination of symbolic signs. The ancient Zia sun symbol, that is on the New Mexican flag and on New Mexico’s state quarter, like the sun, shines through the whole composition of the mural. The globally known symbol of Albuquerque – the colorful hot air balloons, beautiful and unique adobe architecture, the Sandia Mountains, the state flower of NM: the Yucca, the mascot of the University of New Mexico: the Lobo and a book, as a symbol of knowledge create a dynamic center and unite all the themes of the mural together. The right side of the mural tells us more about the faculties of the University, the main symbols of the University of New Mexico, elements of science and education as a whole. I learned a lot about the University of New Mexico, it’s history, faculties and traditions. A mockup of a building with a mural design. If you would like to read more about the design of this mural, please download this file: Design Description June 2017/ Albuquerque,...
Beer Mural Design for a Pub Area in a Marketplace

Beer Mural Design for a Pub Area in a Marketplace

I created a design for a mural for a beer hall in the marketplace in Aurora, CO. The idea for the mural was to be very subtle in color and tone with just some barely noticeable tonal nuances. That is why in the design for this beer mural I used a lot of metallic paint: copper, silver, a variation of golden and reflective graphite paints, which are representative of brewing equipment. So when you look at the wall from different angles you can see various details, that would be unnoticeable from other sides. The wall for this mural was situated in the beer hall of a marketplace. On the mockups, the wall is shown with a textured design. Unfortunately, the mural was never realized. The marketplace for which the mural design was created was opened in 2016. The ground mural that I created in August – September of 2016 was completed during the time of its construction and was dedicated to its opening. ___________________  Colorado/...
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