Golden has another piece of fine art to add to its collection: two murals of Golden’s past, present and future painted by a group of young Golden students.
For five weeks over the summer, Alyssa Graves, local artist and owner of Art on the Brix, orchestrated a series of art camps for kids. During the last class, the young artists decided on “Creating Community Art.”
Local Golden students aged 7 to 12 years old collected recycled items and pieces of trash around Clear Creek. They used the materials to put together a story board representing what Golden means to them, and why they care about their community and the environment.
“It’s a great representation of Golden’s kids,” Graves said. “This is what we love about Golden.”
On Aug. 9 the students celebrated the installation of their murals in Loveland Garden, a small pocket park between 11th and 12th streets on Washington Avenue. The park’s snug location sits between the National Employment Law Institute and New Peach Garden Chinese Restaurant. Proud parents and city officials including Mark Heller, executive director at GURA, and Mayor Marjorie Sloan joined in the celebration.
“This park has always been missing something, and I didn’t know what it was,” Sloan said. “Now we know — it needed the children’s public art.”
Golden’s past was depicted in black and white colors, with mines and cowboys riding into town. Golden’s present highlighted the city’s well-known activities, including people tubing down Clear Creek. Vibrant colors and many different trees highlighted the mural of the city’s future.
To protect the community art piece, the students added sandals left behind by the many seasonal visitors at Clear Creek. The shoes hang at the top of the painting to help channel water run-off.
“I liked how we journeyed on down to the river and found a bunch of trash and those shoes, and created it into new things, and used it on our painting,” said Emily Becker, 10, a student at Fairmount Elementary.
The community art piece also features the city’s history and trivia.
A booklet will be placed in the park listing the names of the artists and information on how the piece was made.
“I am just so impressed,” Graves said. “This is where my heart is; my heart is about community and about art.”