Best T-Rex Art -- Official Denver 2002 - Art on the Highway
Barb McKee and Carolyn Braaksma
Residents who've watched their neighborhoods get eaten alive by the T-Rex highway-widening project will soon get a concrete consolation prize: Art on the Highway. Local artists Barb McKee and Carolyn Braaksma, whose experience on massive public-art programs inspired them to form a company called Surface Strategy, convinced T-Rex planners to include images on the giant sound and retaining walls going up alongside I-25 -- and then won the job of creating them. About 675,000 square feet will be textured with the artists' work, stylized designs ranging from native birds and grasses to tepees and modern city maps.