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Graffiti bombs add grooviness to the 20th Street bridge: Kenny Be's Sign Language

White-lined lane arrows point to high design.
White-lined lane arrows point to high design.

The 20th Street bridge connects the ultra-hip Highland neighborhood directly to the Denver Skate Park. Every street sign between Central and Little Raven Streets has become a canvas for the pedestrian designers who seem to be sending secret messages to motorists...

Pink "Elvis" knows how to balance his oblong swash descenders.
Pink "Elvis" knows how to balance his oblong swash descenders.

Vandalism yields as much beauty as a Basquiat sketchbook.
Vandalism yields as much beauty as a Basquiat sketchbook.

Note to Ann Williams, spokesperson for Denver's Public Works Department: To cover the cost of replacing these traffic signs, sell these artistic abominations in a trendy art gallery. Perfect for the creative class Lodo loft dweller in search of some street cred.

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The secret language of the surprising sideway movements of a bike.
The secret language of the surprising sideway movements of a bike.

BIKF XINC. The inevitable result of a people who no longer care to read.
BIKF XINC. The inevitable result of a people who no longer care to read.

More than anything, the 20th Street traffic-sign-graf gallery is a visual demonstration of how personal expression is overtaking cooperative communication. Who has time to read traffic signs when they are driving and operating a smartphone?

On the other hand, as you'll see below, who wouldn't notice a traffic sign decorated with graffiti flowers?

Left directional arrow overtaken by anarchy and a flower.
Left directional arrow overtaken by anarchy and a flower.

Backside of Interstate highway sign bursts forth in full bloom.
Backside of Interstate highway sign bursts forth in full bloom.

The two photographs above show the front and back of the same sign. Nearby, heart-shaped flowers bloom on the bases of streetlamps. Page down to see:

This is where the Colorado Department of Transportation lets their love light shine.
This is where the Colorado Department of Transportation lets their love light shine.

So nice, the artist signed it twice.
So nice, the artist signed it twice.

In the photo above, The "No Parking" type forms a top hat sitting on top of a simple face framed by a double black curlicue signature hairdo. Elsewhere, the 20th Street bridge acts as a framework for collecting the autographs of infamous vandalartists...

Mouse, Koax and Fever know the one way to get their artwork seen.
Mouse, Koax and Fever know the one way to get their artwork seen.

Breuer dominates over the unsure scrawls of Broom Straws.
Breuer dominates over the unsure scrawls of Broom Straws.

As in all works of art, the devil is in the details. Tiny artistic flourishes pop up in even the smallest places across the 20th Street bridge. Check them out below:

XO skull shown rising above hieroglyphs that denote location of lost key (lower right).
XO skull shown rising above hieroglyphs that denote location of lost key (lower right).

Circle with slash is the international sign for "The End."
Circle with slash is the international sign for "The End."

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