Mural, mural on the wall, who’s the brightest of them all? Boulder recently launched a colorful new public art project called Street Wise, which turns blank walls around town into canvases for an inspired selection of local artists. With Boulder being the eighth most vibrant arts community among medium-sized U.S. cities, there were plenty to choose from.
On the Mural Trail with Street Wise Boulder
Street Wise Boulder has identified 11 sites for mural installation in fall of 2019. There will also be a number of Street Wise events celebrating mural art through the fall, from live paintings to block parties.
Armando Silva's Mural
Where: Boulder Chamber Center
'Water Is Life' by Lindee Zimmer
Where: Boulder Creative Collective
'Uncounted' by Lmnopi
Location: Dairy Arts Center
'Survival' by Patrick Maxcy
Location: Twenty Ninth Street
Pat Milbery and Lowkey Creative's Mural
Location: Sports Garage
Edica Pacha's Mural
Location: Moorehead and 27th-ish
You'll also see a mural by ozjuah above Edica Pacha's work, shown below.
'Defend the Defenseless' by Max Coleman
Location: 2030 17th Street
'The eyes of all future generations are upon you' by Chelsea Lewinski, Julia Williams and Grow Love
Location: 3550 Frontier Ave.
Downtown Boulder's Alley Gallery Project
Oft-neglected back-alley doors are the perfect opportunity to spur new inspiration. That's the theory behind Boulder's Alley Gallery project. A handful of alley doors have already been transformed into imaginative works by local artists, and more than 200 doors are being eyed for this ongoing project. Below is an example at the St Julien Hotel & Spa.
Boulder's "Stranger Things" Mural
This mural by Timoghini, located just off 28th Street south of Arapaho Ave., has been making quite a buzz for its nod to the "Stranger Things" TV show. (Side note of interest to "Stranger Things" fans: Fiske Planetarium in Boulder has a Stranger Things laser show.)
Public Art Walking Tour
See murals and more on Boulder's downtown public art walking tour. You'll cruise down Pearl Street, taking in murals, sculptures and more on this leisurely, hour-or-so-long stroll through vibrant downtown.
Meet a Boulder Street Artist
Street artist SMiLE's elaborately stenciled cats and historical figures can be spotted all over Boulder, beautifying electrical boxes, garbage bins and old phone booths. Keep an eye out, particularly in the Hill neighborhood and the blocks surrounding Pearl Street. SMiLE shared with us how he'd spend his perfect day in Boulder.
Spot Your Own
More and more murals and street art are popping up around Boulder as the town's artistic ambitions grow. Keep an eye out and you're sure to find more inspiration.