Crushing on RiNo

Creative Rituals Under Social Harmony

This past week the Crush took over part of the RiNo neighborhood for its annual celebration of street art. Colorado’s largest independent street art festival is in its 7th year. This neighborhood-enrichment festival brought together street artists to transform the area into an outdoor art gallery.  Artists painted murals on restaurants, store fronts and homes along Larimer and Walnut, between Broadway and 35th Street. According to its website the Crush believes “public art is a catalyst for safety, cleanliness, curb-appeal, growth, business interest and investment.” RiNo is a community in transition and projects like this can only add to its reputation as one of Denver’s coolest areas to live.

I visited on Saturday to view the alley where there was still live paintings in progress. The works were extraordinary, colorful and sometimes emotional. It’s worth a drive to RiNo to view the art before it’s gone.  Check out some of my favorites below and visit the Crush website to learn more the artists and view more of their work.

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