I’ve always thought it a missed opportunity that Denver has not done more with public art along the Cherry Creek Trail in downtown. Apparently, I’m not alone in that observation. This morning, I saw this scrawled on the wall near Larimer Street. I can’t say I know exactly what it means but I like the idea. Part of the challenge to incorporating public art along the creek in downtown is that the Cherry Creek is (or was) prone to flash floods. The portion of the creek downtown, from Confluence Park at the South Platte River to 1st Avenue, incorporates high channel walls to address this concern. On occasion when it rains heavily, the creek can fill with fast rushing water. I’ve seen the water get pretty high up a few times. Even so, some artworks like those pictured below, adorn the trail.
Over the past year, I’ve noticed that a few new murals have popped up along the trail. The painted murals tend toward the abstract but I find them a nice addition. These murals below are near Confluence Park.
The creek trail is a great opportunity to showcase some of the city’s artistic talent in one of the most highly visible and visited pedestrian-oriented areas in the entire city. I hope this trend continues.