Come watch as a blank wall on Colfax transforms into a Vision Zero-themed work of art

by Jessica Vargas on September 27, 2018

Last spring, the Denver Vision Zero Coalition began working on a series of community art projects along Denver’s Colfax corridor to create public art installations that raise awareness of traffic safety and Denver’s commitment to end traffic fatalities and serious injuries as a Vision Zero city. This artwork supports a dialogue among residents, city officials, advocacy groups, and artists about our community values, and how we design our neighborhoods and streets to reflect those values.

The East Colfax art project began in April when we partnered with Denver artist Pat Milbery and student members of the East High School National Arts Honor Society on the design and installation of new artwork on fourteen utility boxes. Each utility box features the story of a person killed in a traffic crash. Tomorrow, work will begin on a large Vision Zero-themed mural at 701 E Colfax Ave. The projected date for completion of the mural is Sunday, October 7.

Join us for a watch party next Tuesday! 

The photo below shows the proposed design for the mural, which Milbery designed with input from the East High students. To celebrate, we are hosting a mural “watch party” across the street on Tuesday, October 2. Join us for happy hour beer specials from 4pm to 6pm on the second floor of SliceWorks Pizza (700 E Colfax) so we can watch as the mural gets filled in. And many thanks to the Colfax Ave BID for buying pizza!

The Vision Zero Community Art Project is truly a community-led effort. Our partners include community members, neighborhood associations, local artist Pat Milbery, East High School, Colfax Avenue Business Improvement Districts, and the City and County of Denver. The East Colfax project is made possible by an Arts in Society grant administered by RedLine and a P.S. You Are Here grant from Denver Arts & Venues. And stay tuned for updates about more art projects coming to the Colfax corridor! We are still working on another mural and small scale art for West Colfax. 

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