Thursday, September 27, 2007

Art and History on the Wall in Morrison

Our mural in downtown Morrison has reached modern decades, 150 million years from its first panel. We'll have more "in-progress" photos up on the Lariat Loop website soon-- or stop in and take a look next time you're in Morrison! Click any photo for a closer view.

Artist Emanuel Martinez is now at work on the fifth panel, depicting stars from Red Rocks-- from Ella Fitzgerald to Jerry Garcia. The latter, he tells us, is attracting a lot of attention to the project. There's little doubt the concert panel will become the most popular of the six depictions of Morrison's history, from dinosaurs to rock 'n roll.

Back in August, just getting started: Dinosaurs and Indians take shape on the first two panels, as a sketchy George & Isabel Morrison wait in panel 3.

And yesterday, moving toward the present: Jerry Garcia and a CCC worker from 1930s Red Rocks keep a watchful eye while Emanuel works on Jimi Hendrix's afro.

This project is funded by grants from the Federal Highway Administration (Colorado Byways program), the Lariat Loop Heritage Alliance, Denver Theatres and Arenas, the Friends of Dinosaur Ridge, the Morrison Natural History Museum Foundation, Karin Bond, and Jeanne and Cy Esphahanian. An interpretive sign to be posted nearby will provide information on each of the mural's six historic scenes.

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