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Ten More Great New Murals in Denver

Sun's out, guns out: Denver street art is on the grind. Last month we published a list of the ten best new street murals in the city — but more are popping up all the time. So keep reading for ten more of the best new murals in Denver.

Axel Geittman at Define Cycling 
2535 Walnut Street

On the west-facing wall of Define Cycling, close to Biju's Little Curry Shop up the alleyway, is a new mural by Axel Geittman, an illustrator known for creating surreal, psychological landscapes. He also was one of the artists who helped raise money for Nepalese Relief at a silent art auction at Crema last weekend that raised over $4,000 for the Nivas charity. Keep your eye on this talented local artist.

Bunny M
2000 block of Walnut Street
This secret rooftop mural by Bunny M is jaw-dropping. In the artist's signature style, she depicts a goddess and skull, then adds colorful, sprawling flowers as their crowns. We love the detail of the eyes; those badass female nymphs seem to come to life in every Bunny M mural or wheat paste. Look for more work from Bunny M in collaboration with Square at 2200 Stout Street.

CCD's Spring Mural
1111 West Colfax Avenue
The talented students of this year's Community College Denver Mural class created this dope, interactive, highly imaginative piece in a second-floor teachers lounge. While not technically a "street" mural, it deserves praise. Orchestrated by professor Sandy Guinn, the piece was a collaborative effort painted by students Crandall Cardinal, Elizabeth Hilliard, Samantha Manion, Garrett Page, Patricia Rivera, Darcey Ruff and Andrew Wilson. They centered the concept on education, the juxtaposition of the right and left brain, and their college experience — including a clean Denver skyline, a tortoise chasing the apple and even a Magic 8 ball reading "Outcome Good." Thanks to Guinn and Colorado street-artist PJ Sierra, the students learned how to incorporate both hand painting and aerosol into their work. The result is one pop-off-the-wall outcome. 
David Sheets
3014 East Colfax Avenue

If you go down, go down swinging. For this mural at Southside Bar and Kitchen, artist David Sheets created a story that echoes Pirates of the Caribbean, with a giant squid destroying a ship, and fighting a wild skeleton pirate army under a PBR moon, with a skeletal hand with compass pointing to — where else?— Southside.

Frank Garza
2855 Tremont Place

This mural is the first of its kind in Denver, putting a cloth-like material coating called Polytab on the wall beneath the paint, to ensure that the brick and rest of the exterior is not damaged. Artist Frank Garza describes this mural as an homage to Five Points with a diverse, jazzy feel, complete with musical notes climbing up the wall of the Elbra M. Wedgeworth municipal building. Garza worked with Denver Arts + Venues to secure the location and come up with the trailblazing medium — one that could be the future of street art.

Hama Woods
Speer Boulevard at Sixth Avenue 
Hama Woods, who's showing in About-Face at Black Book Gallery this month with Martin Whatson, is on fire. He hails from Norway and has perfected an animalistic and emotional aesthetic that you can see in this intricate, black-and-white mousetrap mural along the Cherry Creek bike path. Look closely for the hidden details, including butterflies sprinkling a splash of color along the "tightrope." 

Jason Thiekle's "Kim and Jesse"
1075 Park Avenue West
"Kim and Jesse," a romantic mural by Jason Thiekle of two lovers entwined on the corner of Park Avenue and Arapahoe Street, is delightfully complex and energetic. The expression of emotion in minimalist characters is Thiekle's specialty: What is love but a chaotic whirlwind of emotions, intense movement — dark but quite beautiful?

Mariano Padilla and Michael Ortiz
2600 Larimer Street
The IMAC building, a former vacant eyesore in River North, has been given new life by the talented trio of Mariano Padilla, Michael Ortiz and Jonathan Lamb. Padilla is an Argentinian artist who travels the world painting; he'll head to Los Angeles following his month-long Denver visit. Ortiz grew up in Pueblo; he and business partner/artist Lamb have created an artists' initiative called Like Minded Productions, redefining Denver's arts scene in the process. This is one of six murals painted last month for the NAMTA mural project, sponsored by Liquitex, which called for urban renewal in the RiNo area. 

Martin Whatson
1201 Larimer Street 
Acclaimed Norwegian artist Martin Whatson has an ambitious dual show with Hama Woods at Black Book Gallery, but still found time to beautify the Denver landscape. Whatson painted this stunning stencil called “Sad Rainbow” along the Cherry Creek bike path, right behind the University of Colorado Denver campus. Thanks to Black Book as well as the Denver Arts + Venues for securing a location.

Nice One
350 Broadway

This new wheat paste by Chicago artist Nice One is a tribute to Denver as the Mile High City, featuring the bold colors and precious animated characters that make up Nice One's signature style. The 300 block of Broadway also boasts a wheat paste by local artist Plaant, and another by Bunny M just a few blocks south.

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Lindsey Bartlett is a writer, photographer, artist, Denver native and weed-snob. Her work has been published in Vanity Fair, High Times and Leafly, to name a few.
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