Brilliant art often comes from struggle. It’s a voice of the people against oppression and in response to the human condition. Street art in particular spawned from this same type of struggle. It was the struggle for turf and a statement to authority. Still clinging to its rebellious roots, graffiti art today is becoming less taboo and more and more respected. As a collective of artists and rebels ourselves, Soapoint was stoked to donate sweat and material to the 2015 Colorado Crush. The celebration where artists from across the country coated entire city blocks of Denver’s RiNo District in vibrant color. The following is a recap of our experience.
As I walked through the packed alleys, chattering with the shake of spray cans, I came to a true appreciation for the moment I was experiencing. It signaled the end of a prohibition and the beginning of a revolution. This was a collection of artists; citizens able to communicate a message through layers of liquitex. A chance for voices to be heard with appreciation rather than persecution.
Every artist I spoke with mentioned how grateful they were to have been allotted such a huge canvases in RiNo District; an area known for being a hub for Denver art and design.
Though these were professionals, the rebellious artist vibe was present with every artist present. Tall boys cloaked with brown paper bags were sipped and tobacco smoke blown into the air as vibrant colors were layered over almost every vertical surface for blocks.
Although we weren’t out there with spray cans, we did get the opportunity to donate a huge mural showing all of the CoCrush 2015 sponsors. It was cool to do something different and everyone was interested in our process and our chrome gold van!
We even got our new hire, Carter, to donate some sweat. You can see him in the photo below applying heat and pressure to the massive stretch of vinyl. That expression on his face is the look of sheer fear of messing up while my lens was on him. He did a great job and we’re really proud to have been able to contribute to the beautification of one of Denver’s most respected art districts.
Next time you’re cruising through Denver’s RiNo District, keep an eye open for these and more amazing pieces. If you spot the wall, be sure to snap a shot and tag #Soapoint. We’ll give you some love. Search #CoCrush2015 for more photos and make sure to check out the various artists and sponsors who made this production possible. Our team can’t wait, til next year!
Pistoe and Victoriano Rivera
Mad Man Art
Brian Scott Hampton
Hollis and Lana
David Rice and Blaine Fontana
Sec and Ease
Anthony Garcia Sr.
Sweet Leaf Marijuana Centers
Denver Arts & Venues
Tres Birds Workshop
Exdo Event Center