Artist Markus Puskar announced the unveiling of his Coloring Book Mural on Thursday, August 4, with a community coloring event from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Sunken Gardens basketball court (9th Avenue between Speer Boulevard and Elati Street ).
Families, neighbors, Denver residents and visitors of all ages are invited to join their community in coloring a black and white mural using chalk, adding color to an array of shapes and forms and further enlivening the Sunken Gardens basketball court. This family event is free and open to all.
The Coloring Book Mural event is an opportunity for neighborhood residents to participate in collective creativity and develop relationships with each other through art. This event and others like it (dates to come) encourage people to contribute art to their community, not just digest it. The mural will change with each iteration of coloring events, leaving a unique imprint of each of its participants.
“What interests me the most is seeing how different people react to the coloring prompt. I was so pleasantly surprised to see how people who color break the rules of ‘coloring in lines’. “and add their own shapes and forms to the existing mural; it completely transforms the artwork,” said Markus Puskar, the mural’s painter.
This mural and this event are not the first of their kind. In 2019, Puskar held a similar coloring book event at its Urban Arts Fund mural on Cherry Creek and the result was a black and white mural transformed into a vibrant kaleidoscope. A time-lapse video of the 2019 experiment is available at https://vimeo.com/381049488.
This project is supported by Denver Arts & Venues through a PS You Are Here grant.