Library ramp-wall mural project moves forward; volunteer workdays set through May 7
The $13,500 mural endeavor will continue through the next week or so as volunteers coordinate with the Old Colorado City Library and the local nonprofit art organization, Concrete Couch.
Scheduled days are Tuesday, April 28; Thursday, April 30; Saturday, May 2; Tuesday, May 5; and Thursday, May 7. All times are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., except Thursdays (3 to 6 p.m.)
After the April 25 install effort, Concrete Couch director Steve Wood estimated that “we are 90 percent complete, by work put in relative to total work, but only 25 percent done with the actual installation.”
Volunteers are welcome to help mortar the tiles onto the walls - teenagers and older. As for children 12 and under, at this point, as the project nears conclusion, “we just don't have the time” to teach them, Wood explained. “It's just too technical (the little kids who have done the whole project are actually quite good now!)”
One already-installed row of five tiles identifies the work as the "Magical History Tour, 2015, by Concrete Couch and Community Volunteers." Long-time Westside civic leader and historian Dave Hughes was pleased to see a tile
Based on a beautification concept by Sansing, the project is taking shape on the walls beside the pedestrian ramp that connects from the parking lot to the library entrance and the alley above. As the project contractor, Concrete Couch
According to Wood, about 300 custom tiles were made in the weeks leading up to the installation, and these are being combined on the walls with about 1,000 commercial tiles.
Co-founded by Wood about 10 years ago, Concrete Couch specializes in putting artistic touches on functional objects and making the community an integral part of it. The nonprofit was hired last fall in response to a library request for quotes (RFQ), which called for a community-inclusive project using “designs that blend both 'old and new' into an overall aesthetically pleasing and complementary property.”
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