Painting Traffic Calming Pedestrian Silhouettes

(November 5, 2018) – You are invited to spray paint life-size silhouettes of pedestrians. Stop by two public painting stations during Arts Week to get creative and take part in this unique community art project:

• Pop-Up Paint Station in front of the City and County Building in Denver’s Civic Center Park: Tuesday, November 5, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

• Pop-Up Paint Station at the Decatur Federal Light Rail Station: Wednesday, November 6, 1:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

• Installation at 14th and Federal, Saturday November 10, 1 p.m.

This project is part of the IMAGINE 2020 District Challenge through Denver Arts & Venues and is being sponsored by Councilmembers Debbie Ortega and Rafael Espinoza, together with Vision Zero and the Community Active Living Coalition.

The project responds to community safety concerns and brings community members together to work collaboratively on an experimental traffic calming/placemaking project at a highly trafficked and dangerous intersection. The vibrant crowd of pedestrian silhouettes is a celebration of community pride and communicates a message to drivers: slow down, there are families, neighborhoods and communities here.

Earlier painting events took place with Vision Zero, the West Colfax Association of Neighbors, and the Federal Boulevard Improvement District at the Corky Gonzales Library; and with Meow Wolf and local artist Javier Flores at Sun Valley Community Kitchen.

“Community members along Federal Boulevard have long expressed anxiety about the safety of this thoroughfare through their neighborhoods. Our project elevates this voice and serves as a visual cue to drivers to slow down for the people who call this place home. This is the most dangerous stretch of road in Denver and I am focused on connecting the goals of Vision Zero with changes along Federal Boulevard that are led by the community,” said Councilwoman Debbie Ortega.

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