As you know I have always been fascinated with art and drawing. You could say it was in my genes since both my mother and father were live long artists. As an artist, I have always looked for inspiration in nature, people, human creations, and even technology. I can find inspiration from the molecular structure of a veterinary treatment. There is art in everything. Some of it is harder to appreciate and some of it is undeniably powerful.
I recently visited the awesomely large two block mural in Aurora. I know, I know- I should have made my way over there a lot sooner! The mural was created in September 2016 but I don’t always find myself in that area. When I arrived, I was dumbstruck for a few minutes owing to the sheer size.
The mural begins at Montview Boulevard and ends at 23rd Street. The mural takes inspiration from technology, nature and the history of Auora in a supreme blend of colors. To be honest, I was lost for words. As a muralist, I have heard of Yulia Avgustinovich and her work. She is a Russian by birth and had created her first mural in St. Petersburg. Being a new American, her insight has to be fascinating to create an American mural in Aurora and that of this shape and size.
There is an aviation theme to this peice based on its location to the nearby Stanley Aviation complex that used to manufacture ejection seats for airplanes. The present Buckley Air Force Base may also have lent some influence. This wonderful mural in Aurora was created for the Stanley Marketplace that opened in October 2016. The bright colors used (red, blue and yellow), depiction of nature and the Rocky Mountain ram (state animal of Colorado) are all perfectly used and appear natural. The mural also included the Columbine (state flower of Colorado) entwining the aircraft in flight- beautifully showing nature and technology co-existing.
This mural not only stands for the sheer size of it but also showcases the development activity in the region. With Aurora’s population nearing the 400,000 mark, its demographics are varied with little industry to speak of. This, I feel is the first step towards showcasing the development of Aurora. We muralists are considered the nomads of the art world. That is because art traditionally was always the interior job where an artist expressed on paper or canvas for his or her own satisfaction. That I feel is more of a selfish expression. Moreover, that interior art sees the light of the day only through exhibitions where a select few (probably buyers) are invited. Art is something that should be enjoyed by everyone. A muralist takes art to the people and until such time that a common man appreciates art and has a blank wall to showcase it, a muralist’s work in not over. Traveling continents, cities and states, expression and conversing in art is a muralist’s life. The mural is not only a piece of art, but a piece of Colorado.