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Terminal Kings street art murals: a sneak peek

Terminal Kings street art murals: a sneak peek
Photo by Britt Chester

Terminal Kings, a new art project commissioned by the Denver International Airport's Art and Culture Program, is taking off this week, as world-class street artists Sam Flores, David Choe and Highraff work on giant murals -- each 100'x8', painted in panels -- that will be used as construction barricades at DIA over the next five years as the South Terminal expansion progresses. The artists gathered at City Hall Amphitheater last night to continue working on the murals; their creation will be accompanied by ten days and nights of art, music and performance starting on January 12.

Here's a look at the start of the art:

Sam Flores, one of the featured Terminal Kings artists, works closely on the details of his first mural. "The whole piece is going to be along the idea of having yourself, your thoughts, your own imagination and your own person just lifting you to wherever you want to go," he says.
Sam Flores, one of the featured Terminal Kings artists, works closely on the details of his first mural. "The whole piece is going to be along the idea of having yourself, your thoughts, your own imagination and your own person just lifting you to wherever you want to go," he says.
Photo by Britt Chester
Empty spray-paint cans pepper the floor of the City Hall amphitheater as the artists continue to work late into the night.
Empty spray-paint cans pepper the floor of the City Hall amphitheater as the artists continue to work late into the night.
Photo by Britt Chester
A small digital camera catches Flores's piece for a time lapse. A documentary of the creation will be on display at DIA, along with all of the art.
A small digital camera catches Flores's piece for a time lapse. A documentary of the creation will be on display at DIA, along with all of the art.
Photo by Britt Chester
Following the Terminal Kings project, Flores will work on some pieces with Icelantic, the Denver-based ski company.
Following the Terminal Kings project, Flores will work on some pieces with Icelantic, the Denver-based ski company.
Photo by Britt Chester

 

Highraff's piece focuses on organic shapes intertwined with geometric ones. As each artist finishes a panel, he moves right on to the next section in order to hit the January 21 deadline.
Highraff's piece focuses on organic shapes intertwined with geometric ones. As each artist finishes a panel, he moves right on to the next section in order to hit the January 21 deadline.
Photo by Britt Chester
The 4x8 panels were built, painted and primed in City Hall for each of the artists. Here Highraff touches up the top portion of a nearly finished piece.
The 4x8 panels were built, painted and primed in City Hall for each of the artists. Here Highraff touches up the top portion of a nearly finished piece.
Photo by Britt Chester
City Hall transformed itself from a venue into a gallery/studio to accommodate the talent.
City Hall transformed itself from a venue into a gallery/studio to accommodate the talent.
Photo by Britt Chester
The mixture of swirls and rigid geometric shapes, along with the incorporation of bright colors and contrasting black and whites, inspires curiosity.
The mixture of swirls and rigid geometric shapes, along with the incorporation of bright colors and contrasting black and whites, inspires curiosity.
Photo by Britt Chester

 

David Choe, who arrived late, gets to work on his first piece while assistants and fellow painters look on with sketchpads and scribbling pencils.
David Choe, who arrived late, gets to work on his first piece while assistants and fellow painters look on with sketchpads and scribbling pencils.
Photo by Britt Chester
Choe and a fellow artist get started on their wall, which was painted pink not twenty minutes earlier.
Choe and a fellow artist get started on their wall, which was painted pink not twenty minutes earlier.
Photo by Britt Chester
Choe draws an audience of artists and arts committee members who were meeting in the main room of City Hall next door.
Choe draws an audience of artists and arts committee members who were meeting in the main room of City Hall next door.
Photo by Britt Chester
Another wall in Choe's section of the painting, where fellow painters get to work on rough drafts of a more street style piece.
Another wall in Choe's section of the painting, where fellow painters get to work on rough drafts of a more street style piece.
Photo by Britt Chester

The exhibit opens to the public Thursday, January 12 at City Hall, where it will be on view from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. daily through January 21. For more information on Street Kings, go to www.terminalkings.com.

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