Best Unofficial New Public Art - 2012
Kilgore Books and Comics
624 E. 13th Ave.
Denver, CO 80203
In the alley heading north off the 600 block of East Colfax Avenue is the coolest unsolicited advertising in Denver. Local graffiti artist Theo took it upon himself to spray-paint a ten-by-twenty-foot love letter to Kilgore Books and Comics, a Capitol Hill institution at 624 East 13th Avenue. Featuring images of such bohemian writers as Kurt Vonnegut (creator of the character Kilgore Trout), Jack Kerouac and William S. Burroughs, the mural points the way to the store with an arrow and the helpful instruction "2.5 blocks." As a teaser for the books you'll find there, Theo also included quotes below each picture, including this classic from Vonnegut: "We were put on this earth to fart around. Don't let anyone tell you different."
Readers' Choice: Graffiti by David Chloe