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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

TRIP TO PUEBLO: Part Two

After Garden of the Gods and a trip to the local Colorado Springs Comic Shop (Bargain Comics) ("Why Is This Chimp Crying?"), we headed down into Pueblo.  I used to go down to Pueblo every summer for the State Fair, but I hadn't been there in many years.  When we got into town, we called up our buddy John Bueno, and he dropped by to show us around the city.  Mostly we wandered around Union Street and the Arkansas River, downtown.

Union Street, Pueblo.




Broken windows.




View of the Arkansas River embankment, from the Union Street Bridge; with bird.








Stairway leading down to the river.










Cormorant.






Noah.





John Bueno.


Harpo.


Groucho.


Where's Chico?



"'Tis a privilege to live in Colorado..."

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3 comments:

  1. This is amazing. What's the story behind this mural? Who's behind it?

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  2. According to Fodors.com:

    "In 1978, a group of University of Southern Colorado art students headed out in the cover of night, set up lookouts, and lowered themselves over the wall of the Pueblo Levee. Outfitted with makeshift rope-suspension devices and armed with buckets of paint, the students spent the wee hours crafting a large blue cod on the levee's concrete wall, watching for police as they mixed up their acrylics. Overnight, the waterway—which directs the Arkansas River through the center of town—became home to a public art project that would eventually capture the imagination of the Pueblo community, as well as the attention of the art world and the Guinness Book of World Records. Pueblo Levee is a fantastic, colorful vision field that sprawls over 175,000 square feet, stretches for a mile, and is recognized as the largest mural in the world.

    Organizers estimate that more than 1,000 painters have contributed to the mural—everyone from self-taught father-and-son teams who come to paint on weekends, to the entire members of fire precincts, to classically trained muralists and art students from New York and Chicago. Witty graffiti, comic illustrations, narrative scenes, and cartoons line the levee, which is visible to passengers zooming along Interstate 25. Today, you can take the walking or biking path along the levee to look at the murals, or even take a kayak lesson below it."

    http://www.fodors.com/world/north-america/usa/colorado/south-central-colorado/feature_30004.html

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  3. Info on the McLaughlin Building (picture #3), via Noah Van Sciver:

    http://www.coloradopreservation.org/epp/sites/epp_07_04.html

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