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A Celebration of the I-70 Viaduct
The aging, unsightly I-70 viaduct spanning from Brighton Boulevard to Colorado Boulevard will be coming down ... but not quite yet. As part of the I-70 East EIS/Central 70 Project, CDOT is proposing to demolish the viaduct and lower this portion of the interstate below ground. Until then, there is plenty of time to celebrate, mourn, discuss and activate this hidden landmark.
Denver Arts and Venues, together with local sponsors, provided funding for a group of local urban artists to paint murals under the I-70 viaduct between Brighton Boulevard and York Street. From September 27 through October 1, the 'duct-work event transformed the dark and shadowy viaduct into a work of art for the remaining years before its demolition.
The community was invited to see the transformation and join in the fun on October 1, 2016. The artists were on site to complete their work while hundreds of visitors stopped by to watch the transformation take place. Local vendors chatted with community members and offered their own art projects. Music filled the air as the once dark and dingy I-70 viaduct became a gallery of beautiful street art for the 8,500 vehicles who pass through the area each day. Kids even got a chance to practice their urban art skills on a wall set aside just for them.
The art will be available for the community to enjoy until the viaduct is demolished for the construction of the I-70 East EIS/Central 70 Project. Before that happens, check out the amazing creations from the local artists:
Denver took notice of the welcomed change—check out just some of the media coverage the transformation received:
9 News – Viaduct on I-70 makes unlikely canvas for murals
October 03, 2016: A previously unexciting viaduct spanning miles beneath I-70 just got a makeover. View the full article.
Denver Post – Artists add color to Elyria-Swansea viaduct below Interstate 70
October 1, 2016: 20 artists paint murals on a dreary strip of road under I-70. CDOT and other organizations invited a group of artists to the walls of a segment of road under I-70 in Elyria-Swansea. View the full article.
SFGATE – Artists rehabilitate dilapidated stretch of Denver viaduct
September 30, 2016: Take the roar of Interstate 70 traffic and shaking steel girders overhead, add the rolling procession of oil trains nearby, and you have one very high-decibel emerging art scene in north Denver. View the full article.
Denver Urbanism – Lipstick on a Pig: Painting the I-70 Viaduct
October 3, 2016: This weekend, urban artists took to the streets to paint a stretch of aging Denver infrastructure. View the full article.
Photos of the Event
Photos of the Final Mural Artwork
Photos of the 'duct-work Event
(October 1, 2016)
Photos of the Viaduct Painting Underway
(Sept. 27 - Oct. 1, 2016)