Muralists add color to the Riverfront Trail

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- The City of Grand Junction partnered with the Western Colorado Latino Chamber and Hispanic Affairs Project to add history and color to the Western Slope.

Eight artists were selected to have their murals painted along the Riverfront Trail.

“You don't know it yet but there's going to be dinosaurs riding bikes on the river trail,” said muralist Nyssa Capps. “Right now you're kind of seeing the background come together, but ultimately it's going to be dinosaurs."

The Riverfront Trail is a staple in the Grand Valley, connecting communities through the trail, and now bringing the Riverfront Trail to life.

“This is another way to dress that jewel up and bring people down, and bring families, make a safe and fun place for people on the river," said Lorie Gregor with Grand Junction Parks and Rec.

Each mural showcases something unique to the Valley. Whether it was a historical reference or a colorful scene, all murals are original pieces created entirely by the artists.

“The idea that having my art in a public forum will inspire other people, I know a lot of kids use the Riverfront Trail, anytime kids get inspired is a good thing," said Capps.

Jeremy Velasquez, a commissioned artist, revealed his final project, a mural inspired by his girlfriend’s dad who is an immigrant from Mexico.

“It always means something different to everyone,” said Gregor. “You never know unless you talk to an artist what their inspiration is or what that actually means to them."

The murals can be admired by everyone, as there are now murals under each overpass between Highway 50 and Redlands Parkway.

"Like the love of my community, that's the whole point in all of this is to be part of your community, and I definitely had support so that was really cool," said Capps.

This is a fluid project--each year a new set of muralists will be selected to create their own piece. This will allow for more local artists to share their talent and passion.

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