Moo-ving new murals in downtown Golden

Color and character added to business walls thanks to three artists

Paul Albani-Burgio
palbaniburgio@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 11/3/20

Bob’s Atomic Burgers has long been one of the most colorful and quirky restaurants in Golden. Now, its home on Ford Street finally has the exterior to match that reputation. That’s thanks to …

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Moo-ving new murals in downtown Golden

Color and character added to business walls thanks to three artists

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Bob’s Atomic Burgers has long been one of the most colorful and quirky restaurants in Golden.

Now, its home on Ford Street finally has the exterior to match that reputation.

That’s thanks to Loveland artist Becky Hawley, who spent multiple days earlier this month painting a mural of a cow being abducted by a flying saucer filled with aliens.

“My whole idea is that it would be a selfie station,” said Hawley of her desire to see people pose in front of the mural, which is meant to convey Bob’s funky vibe, for photos.

Hawley’s mural, now complete, is actually one of three new murals to go up around downtown Golden. The new murals were paid for through a partnership between Golden’s Public Art Commission and the Golden Downtown Development Authority, which held a contest to select the three muralists.

“They decided they wanted to expand to have a larger variety of art styles and subject matters reflected in the public art,” said Robin Flesichman, Golden’s Economic Development Coordinator. “Most of the existing murals in Golden were paid for by private property owners.”

Among the new murals is an image of an iconic wild horse named Picasso that is being painted by artist Christina Lo’ren Morrison on the side of the National Employment Law Institute building at 11th Street and Washington Avenue.

According to a statement from Visit Golden, the mural is based on a photo of Picasso taken by photographer Scott Wilson in the Sand Wash Basin in northwest Colorado. Picasso became known for his flowing mane, tri-colored body and scars from hundreds of battles after being repeatedly featured on the Wild Horses of the Sand Wash Basin Facebook page.

Morrison became intrigued with the photo after coming across it earlier this year.

“I was enraptured: there are some photos that when I see them, they seem to call out to me to paint them,” she said to Visit Golden. “This photo was like that.”

When Morrison reached out to Wilson about painting the photo, he agreed on the condition that a portion of the budget for the mural go to the Sand Wash Basin Horse Advocate Team, a group that raises awareness about Colorado’s wild mustangs.

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