Colfax will be getting a lot more colorful in the coming months thanks to a new project from 40 West Arts, the West Colfax Community Association and the Lakewood-West Colfax Business Improvement District. Project COLorFAX aims to bring murals and paint jobs to buildings along the corridor to bring energy and vibrancy to the area.
“The project is a great example of how these three groups are continuing to work on Colfax’s revitalization,” said Bill Marino, executive director of the Business Improvement District. “We’ve already done our first building, we’re hoping to do at least one more this year and five in 2014.”
Marino said the project has been in the works for three months, after members of the organizations looked at the buildings and thought the idea of new paint jobs and murals would be a good fit.
The first mural appears on the west-facing wall of the King’s Rest Motel at 7013 W. Colfax Ave. The wall is now a sunshine gold background with luminous clouds and interwoven vines, blossoming flowers and the signature feature of each COLorFAX program, a bedazzled hummingbird.
More than 20 volunteers from 40 West Arts worked on the project, using paints and supplies donated by Kwal Paints.
According to Johanna Parker, a member of 40 West who has been a leader on the project, the bird symbolizes beauty, optimism, resilience and verve.
“I thought the hummingbird logo could become really iconic, and is really inspiring,” Parker said. “It’s really fun to see the transformation of the property, and people who were passing by were really excited by what we were doing.”
She also added that the buzzing sounds hummingbirds make fits perfectly with the projects goal to create “buzz” within the community.
Businesses who are interested in having work done on their building go through an application process, and artists are always welcome to volunteer and participate.