Art in Public Places: Murals

By The Lincoln Center

Art in Public Places: Murals

The City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places program (based out of The Lincoln Center) is working with local artists to paint over 50 murals throughout Fort Collins!

The largest mural project of the season was recently completed in northeast Fort Collins. The 190-foot long Maple Hill Community Mural is located on the southeast corner of Turnberry and Richards Lake Road.

As part of the Vibrant Neighborhoods Grant Program, artist Kristen Vohs was selected to create a mural on the south wing walls of the Turnberry underpass with members of the Maple Hill neighborhood. Kristen laid out the mural, painted the hard-to-reach areas then created outlines and indicated colors for the members of the neighborhood to paint. Over 60 painters wore masks, were divided into time slots and given socially distant areas to paint.

The project is a partnership between Art in Public Places, the City’s Neighborhood Services department, the Maple Hill HOA and Fort Collins artist Kristen Vohs.

In response to new COVID-19 precautions for restaurants downtown, Art in Public Places and City’s Engineering Department—in collaboration with the Jason and Lucy Greer Foundation for the Arts and the Downtown Fort Collins Creative District—are hiring local artists to paint temporary murals on the concrete barriers around outdoor dining areas throughout downtown.

Check out the completed murals at Beau Jo’s, Bistro Nautile, Blind Pig Pub, Pour Brothers Community Tavern, The Reserve by Old Elk Distillery, The Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant and Sushi Plus. Artist Wildrose Hamilton has also started painting a dragonfly-inspired mural on the barrier outside the Welsh Rabbit Cheese Bistro.

In addition to these special projects, Art in Public Places is continuing its two annual mural programs. In its 15th year, the Transformer Cabinet Mural program will paint 28 electrical cabinets all around town. As the first in the nation, this graffiti mitigation program for the City’s Light and Power Utility brings art to the public spaces of our community. The program has completed 320 unique murals to date. In its 10th year, Pianos About Town—a collaborative project between Art in Public Places, Bohemian Foundation, and the Downtown Development Authority—will paint 13 murals on working pianos. Pianos About Town combines art and music for the enjoyment of the community. Each summer, a new piano is painted every two weeks (currently in Oak Street Plaza) allowing the public to meet the artist and see the progress of the mural as they work. The completed pianos rotate to locations throughout Fort Collins inviting people to admire the artwork and play a tune. To date, over 120 murals have been painted.

While you enjoy the fall in Fort Collins, please also enjoy all the wonderful murals that are being added to the community. Learn more about these projects and programs on the Art in Public Places website.


Nancy Sep 2, 2020 14:46 PM
If you are continuing this project I would recommend a talented local artist - Annie Herzig
Cynthia Sep 2, 2020 20:12 PM
This art by local artists adds so much to our community. The vibrant colors and uniqueness of the artists work is amazing.

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