City of Fort Collins Transformer Mural Project
The Cache la Poudre river is plays an important part of Ft. Collins history and identity. This mural depicts many of the creatures that use the Poudre River on a regular basis. Because these creatures come from many places and use the river in many different ecological zones I borrowed from the Native American idea of the Four Directions to depict this concept. The Native American interpretation assigns the color red to the south, white to the east, yellow to the north, and blue to the west. In this mural I have used local birds that to represent those directions; the red tail hawk for the south (red), the magpie for the east (white, sunrise), goldfinch for the north (yellow), and the great blue heron for the west. The animal tracks range from bear to mouse. People often refer to this as their “favorite” box. (Thanks!)
The City of Ft. Collins Transformer Mural Project
This mural was fun to paint. It’s Aesop’s story of the Hare and the Tortoisep. The moral of the story: Slow & Steady wins the Race is just as true as it was when the fable was written in ancient Greece 2600 years ago!
Art in Public Places
City of Fort Collins Transformer Mural Project 2010
The theme of this mural is “Rainmaking.” The images are drawn from Kiva Murals located in New Mexico. The murals were painted approximately 600 years ago by the Ancient Puebloan People. The artists who created the Kiva Murals used symbols representing scarlet macaws, rain clouds, lightning, and dragonflies to depict rainmaking activities that took place in the kivas. They also painted large abstractions of these symbols. The scarlet macaws represent the south and the sun which, along with the rain, made the corn grow. Like humans, the dragonfly and the mosquito need rain to prosper and play an important role in “Rainmaking.” The Butterfly Maiden, Cloud Blower, & Mosquito Man play important roles in bringing rain to the people.