‘Duct-Work 2

CIG and CDOT, teaming with the Denver Arts & Venues Urban Arts Fund (UAF), Denver Arts & Skills Center (DASC), and other local sponsors, brought new life to the I-70 viaduct once again. They provided funding and infrastructure for a group of 26 local urban artists to paint murals under the I-70 viaduct between Brighton Boulevard and York Street, in the Globeville, Elyria and Swansea neighborhoods.

Expanding on the success of ‘duct-work in 2016, artists continued the urban gallery further west to continue the transformation of the dark and shadowy viaduct into a work of art.

CIG led the event planning efforts for two events this year – the Transportation Communication (TransComm) national conference local outing and the community event.

CIG sponsored the TransComm event where communication representatives from DOTs across the country came to admire the urban art. 46th Avenue was blocked off to allow these communication gurus to literally dance in the streets, taste the local flavor from several food trucks and unleash their own creativity on the community art wall.

A couple days later, CIG organized a family-friendly event surrounding the artwork. Locals walked the streets to check out the art, enjoyed music, and tamales from a local caterer. Children got their face painted and left their mark on the community art wall.

‘Duct-work will bring beauty and inspiration to the community for the remaining years until the viaduct is removed as part of the Central 70 project.

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Local artists from left to right - Chris Haven, Detour (Thomas Evans) and Chris Haven - transformed the walls along 46th Avenue.

CIG handed out paint brushes, paint colors and aprons, allowing the community to unleash their creativity on the art wall.

Many local organizations had booths at the event to hand out information and giveaways. One of these organizations was DASC, a partner in the execution of this event, who focuses on teaching adults from prison how to find healing through art.