Last night, about 25 people showed up for the first of four art walks with Mayor Steve Bach. This tour stopped at eight downtown murals, including the Tabor Utley pieces in the City Auditorium, the Giddings Building and Mozart murals by contemporary artist Kim Polomka, and the "History of Transportation in the Pikes Peak Region" by Steve Wood and Concrete Couch in the bus station.
Sponsored in part by the Pikes Peak Arts Council, the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region and the City, the walks were launched with the idea to promote local art, encourage exercise and interact informally with the mayor, who was there with his wife, Suzi. His Colorado Springs Police Department bodyguard of sorts also stops traffic for the group to cross roads, which is nice.
PPAC board member Joe Barrera pitched the idea to the mayor initially, according to PPAC president Jay Miller. Barrera led the tour, and let Polomka speak on some of his murals, including a new, in-progress piece he's doing on the west side of Kimballs Peak Three Theater. Polomka says it's an homage to the old Burns Theater, which was torn down to make the parking lot we now have on the corner of Pikes Peak and Cascade avenues. The mural includes a ticket stub and a zipper, the latter of which Polomka says symbolizes Colorado Springs "opening up."
Polomka's also working on the Ecumenical Social Ministries building, which already has a corner section completed, but a frieze on the south side is still to come.
The next walk is scheduled for July 25, and will tour the newest batch of sculptures from this year's Art on the Streets.