With its view of asphalt parking lots, electrical boxes, dumpsters and other elements necessary to support the liveliness and commerce of Washington Avenue, Miners Alley doesn’t exactly scream …
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With its view of asphalt parking lots, electrical boxes, dumpsters and other elements necessary to support the liveliness and commerce of Washington Avenue, Miners Alley doesn’t exactly scream “downtown destination.”
But last week, Golden artist Jesse Crock took another step in a project toward making it one by painting a large mural on the alley side of Trailhead Taphouse and Kitchen.
The mural depicts a decidedly blue mountain range that runs the length of the wall. Crock decided on the mountain theme after talking with the owners of the taphouse and the Foss family that owns the building.
“We tossed around a bunch of different ideas and they wanted something that kind of went along with the idea of Trailhead Taphouse and so something evident just as simple as mountains and trees but something that would make an impact,” said Crock.
Crock said the monochromatic design is not based on any actual mountains but instead meant to evoke the colorful designs popularized on the crafting and design website Pinterest.
The mural will also compliment Foss’ two other murals in the alley, which also depict mountain scenes, Aspen trees and other Colorado-centric elements.
“We think we may need to rename this section of Miner Alley the “Crock Block” said Sarah Labosky, a member of the Foss family and the Vice President of their Mesa Meadows Land Company.
Labosky said the family wants to see the alley become as vibrant and vital as Washington Avenue.
“The Crock Block is Golden’s newest attraction. Come for the art & stay for the breweries, restaurants & retailers,” she said.
Crock, who is a lifelong Golden resident and teaches art at Westridge Elementary School in south Jefferson County, said he has enjoyed being able to add some color to Golden and make the city more colorful.
The mural was paid for by the Foss family through their Mesa Meadows Land Company with the city and the Downtown Development Authority.
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