Although the seventh edition of The Colorado Crush festival ended on September 18th,2016 fascinating murals created during the event will remain on the facades of Rino art district for a long, long time including the one inspired by possibly the most famous story in the world.
The Colorado Crush whirlwind came and went, leaving beautiful art in its path. The annual event painted more walls in River North than ever before, spanning ten blocks and solidifying the RiNo Art District as a leader in the urban arts scene — not just in this state, but in the country.
75 cutting edge artist from all over the world descend upon downtown Denver this week to paint 45 select walls throughout the RiNo Art District for The Crush, an annual street art festival. Last year the event commissioned numerous large-scale murals from a kickass roster of street artists including Lauren YS and Jamie Molina.
‘We’ve gained about 50 percent more space, all the way up past the Walnut Room,” says Munro. “We have the alley, but a lot of wall space on the streets, too. A lot of businesses have been reaching out to us. It’s a cool thing going on; it’s really more than ever an effort of the entire community.’
The art often extends beyond the gallery walls here, too. A growing street-art festival, Colorado Crush, held in the very hip River North (RiNo) Arts District, sees urban and graffiti artists swarm into town each September to showcase their talents.
“The Tortoise & Harriet” is Dulk’s latest Urban wall which was just finished today in Denver, Colorado for the first edition of the Colorado Crush street art festival. The Spanish street artist painted this vibrant illustrative piece which is a modern take on a classic tale.
Murals Old and New in Denver’s RiNo Neighborhood
This week, over 30 artists will take to the streets of Denver’s River North Art District (RiNo) to participate in the seventh annual Colorado Crush— the city’s largest independent street art festival. Concentrated on beautifying the long alleys between Larimer and Walnut, as well as local businesses, the goal of The Crush is to use street art as “ a catalyst for safety, cleanliness, curb-appeal, creativity, growth, business interest and investment while maintaining the unique cultural identity in this rapidly evolving community.”
Each year, the alley gets a fresh coat of paint and becomes a blank canvas again. More than 70 local and nationally recognized urban artists, street artists, muralists and graffiti artists are taking part this year’s festival. Swing by during the week to see the artists transform the blank walls into a unique urban landscape, and get a peek at their plans.
The largest street-art festival in the city will welcome the work of over 75 artists this year and will transform a record-breaking amount of canvas space in RiNo, along Walnut and Larimer streets between the 2400 and 3400 blocks.
Not everyone could see a rabbit riding a tortoise, and call it art. The people living in RiNo proudly don’t fall into that category.Neighbors stood outside on Wednesday, gazing up at the new murals decorating walls along Larimer Street. By Saturday, 45 fresh murals will be added to the district because of Colorado Crush 2016.
It’s Friday, and that means the weekend awaits in all of its colorful glory. And events don’t get more colorful than Colorado Crush 2016. In case you missed our previous coverage, RiNo is hosting a huge street-art event over the next two days with 75 artists, 55 of whom are local, repainting sanctioned walls in the area around the 2400 to 3400 blocks of Larimer Street.
Last weekend, RiNo held it’s 7th annual Crush Festival featuring over 70 local and national artists coming together to paint. But this isn’t some sort of finger painting party, world renowned artists are taking to the streets to transform the walls and alleys of RiNo into a vibrant outdoor gallery.
While eclectic artists enhanced the neighborhood’s beauty one spray can at a time, DJs provided an edgy soundtrack to the festivities – all serving to remind me that art can unite a community.
But the murals and other public art they left behind will continue to enrich the area for months (and ideally years) to come. Various stakeholders — restaurants and bars, retail shops, art galleries and co-ops — banded together to support Crush, which was based around the intersection of 27th and Larimer Streets Sept. 12-18.
This is the first year when the event will be a cooperative effort between the RiNo Arts District and Crush Planning Committee, which includes original Crush founders Robin Munro (Dread) and Jonathan Lamb. . . the district will really step up the planning and fundraising that goes into the event.
Centered on 27th and Larimer, the Crush brings mural and graffiti artists into the spotlight as a positive medium that unites the community through creativity and empowerment to make positive change in areas that may be disregarded.
“As this neighborhood is going through a rather large change - lots of new buildings, lots of new developments - we wanna keep the RiNo arts element strong,” Munro said. “We want the street art and graffiti to continue on - whether it be on existing buildings or new buildings going in. It makes it a more happening place to be.”
“It’s bigger than ever,” says creator Robin Munro. “We’ve gained about 50 percent more space, all the way up past the Walnut Room. We have the alley but a lot of wall space on the streets, too. A lot of businesses have been reaching out to us. It’s a cool thing going on; it’s really more than ever an effort of the entire community.”
Colorado Crush 2014 was a killer event, with more visual artists, musical artists, PBR, aerosol cans clinking, crowds, and little kids breaking it down on the dance floor, than ever before. Thrown each year in the heart of the RiNo district in Denver, off of Larimer and 26th. This event organized by Denver artist and graffiti legend Dread has grown every year. It is a repainting of a few blocks that signifies the end of Summer but a new beginning for the street-art praise and love that Denver has grown accustomed to.
An abundance of street art, murals and graffiti can be found on Walnut and Larimer streets, and the alley in between, from 25th to 32nd streets. Some of the murals in the alley were painted over with new art during the Colorado Crush Street Art Festival from Sept. 14-20.
The street art festival, held annually, invites artists around the world to decorate the already colorful streets of Denver. An art form that was once regarded as lowbrow graffiti artwork, has become a celebrated style in Five Points. From Los Angeles to Chicago and now to Denver, Madman and Look At’s well-known collaborative murals command the attention they receive from passersby.