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Underpass Mural Painting Process in Longmont, CO

Underpass Mural Painting Process in Longmont, CO

October 2018 gave me two weeks of nice weather to work on an underpass mural. A busy bike pass and pedestrian tunnel under Hover street in Longmont, CO. The project was a part of the City of Longmont’s and the Police departments graffiti prevention program. While painting the mural a lot of people thanked me hugely for making the tunnel nicer and safer. The mural was covered with an anti-graffiti coating, cameras and lights fixtures were installed to prevent future vandalism.   The design for this mural was chosen by the art committee consisting of the city art panel, community members and activists. To read more about the design of the mural and see the close-up pictures of the design please visit my previous blog post > An osprey, a common bird to see in the sky above Longmont. My daughter Aleksandra and I in the background of a briar rose. Lots of flowers, realistic and abstract, are here to represent growth and development. Water flowers, birds, fish, and underwater views represent the richness of Longmont’s nature and abundance of lakes and bodies of water. My husband, Nick Angelo, as always, was helping me in painting the underpass mural. Cute historic buildings, reminding us of Longmont’s past as a Chicago colony. The city started as an agricultural community. A man with a basket of fruits on the mural is representing the agricultural history of the city. The ring-necked pheasant, a native bird of Colorado. ________________________ October 2018 / Longmont, CO ART BRINGS PEOPLE TOGETHER! Come join me on this journey I respect your...
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,...
Graffiti Vandalism of my Mural “Viva Colorado” on Alameda and Santa Fe drive in Denver CO

Graffiti Vandalism of my Mural “Viva Colorado” on Alameda and Santa Fe drive in Denver CO

Graffiti Vandalism of my Mural “Viva Colorado” happened twice already after the mural was finished. The mural was created in September-October 2016 on Alameda and Santa Fe drive in Denver CO. To see the pictures of finished mural visit this page> Because of the large size of the mural and low budgets of the Denver public art program the city didn’t cover the mural with a costly anti-graffiti coating. The very public location of the mural, on the intersection of busy streets with lots of daily traffic and visitors to the site, unfortunately, attracts taggers and vandals. It was vandalized twice within a little more than a year of the mural existence. The first one was written right in the very center of the wall, on the face of a  Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep. A day later, after the tagging appeared my husband and I rushed to fix it to prevent more tagging and graffiti from appearing. And a day later the mural was like new again: The second tag appeared on the covered wagon with the first settlers. And as with first vandalism, it was fixed as promptly as possible. The Police never found the taggers even though they have a very good system of anti-graffiti actions. To see the pictures of creation of the mural visit this blog...
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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