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Casey the Terrific Tire Caterpillar and other creative masterpieces in Colorado Springs

Colorado Jill
"Casey the Terrific Tire Caterpillar" by Kyle CunniffPhoto byAuthor

(Colorado Springs, CO) The art scene in Colorado Springs is dynamic and diverse, offering something for everyone, from traditional art enthusiasts to those interested in cutting-edge contemporary pieces.

The city has numerous art galleries and museums, a talented community of artists, and a fantastic outdoor art program, Art on the Streets.

For twenty-five years, "Art on the Streets" has helped bring beauty and culture to the public spaces in downtown Colorado Springs. Outdoor art is accessible to all, not just a privileged few. The sculptures and murals attract people from all walks of life, stimulating dialogue and fostering a sense of community.

The program benefits the community and also the artists by offering exposure to a larger audience. Every visitor to downtown Colorado Springs can enjoy the creative genius of artists from around the world.

Twelve pieces are selected yearly by an independent panel of art curators and practitioners to be included in the program. The new artwork is introduced to the community in the summer and remains part of the downtown art scene for twelve months.

The pieces are for sale, and some are purchased by the city as a permanent display, like the Humpty Dumpty sculpture in front of the Pikes Peak Center.

The 2023 "Art on the Streets" pieces include four murals and eight sculptures.

"Casey the Terrific Tire Caterpillar" (cover photo) by Kyle Cunniff is one of the new additions, sitting outside the Colorado Springs Pioneer Museum. The colorful creation, made from painted car tires, can be enjoyed both visually and tactilely.
"I Choose Art" by Julio Mendoza in Colorado SpringsPhoto byAuthor

"I Choose Art" by Julio Mendoza is a bright, vibrant mural above the Saigon Cafe on East Colorado Avenue. The eye-catching piece celebrates the artist's Mexican and Latino heritage and is a beautiful addition to the downtown space

One mural is a work in progress, and it is exciting to watch the brick wall transform into a masterpiece. "Mary Washburn" by Canadian artist Carlos Oliva is on the northeast corner of Nevada and Pikes Peak Avenue and will be finished soon.
Artist working on "Mary Washburn" mural in downtown Colorado SpringsPhoto byAuthor

The twelve pieces selected for the 2023 Art on the Streets program will be on display until May 2024. Learn about all the new artwork and find a map of the twelve installations here.

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