• Released on Friday, April 12, 2024
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    Anna Kelso, Active Modes Specialist, ,

FORT COLLINS – The City has selected local artist Jess Bean to lead the upcoming Asphalt Art installation at the intersection of Canyon Avenue, Magnolia Street and Sherwood Avenue  (Funfact: I crashed at that intersection as a cat4 during the Fort Collins Criterium in 2001 or 2002) . Bean currently serves as the executive director of the Fort Collins Mural Project, has extensive experience working on collaborative creative installations and excels in building community through art.

“I really enjoy designing with the intention of volunteers feeling empowered to make more art while creating an engaging piece that fosters a safer intersection for everyone,” Bean said.

The Asphalt Art project is scheduled to begin later this summer. The City and Bean will host several public events before the installation so the community can learn about the project, meet the artist and offer input on the design concept.

The next community outreach event is scheduled for Thursday, May 16 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at The Lincoln Center. The event is family-friendly with live music and refreshments.

Asphalt art is a low-cost, quick-build method for creating safe streets by slowing traffic, shortening pedestrian crossing distances and humanizing our built environment. This project is made possible through a grant awarded to the City by Bloomberg Philanthropies.

Asphalt Art Public Outreach Event
4:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16
The Lincoln Center, 417 W. Magnolia St.
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Why Asphalt Art?
Public art can be found throughout Fort Collins. These projects offer moments of beauty, introspection, and curiosity in our everyday lives.

The Asphalt Art program brings public art into unique spaces to both enhance the beauty of our community while also creating safer streets. Studies have shown the placement of art in roadways creating a traffic calming effect that results in lower speeds, fewer crashes and safer pedestrian street crossings.

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