For 22 years, Steve Wood has wanted to work with the Pikes Peak Library District to create a work of public art, he says. Finally, through a deal struck with a recent interim director at PPLD, Wood's nonprofit, Concrete Couch, has the go-ahead to construct a "mega mural" as just one part of extensive programming for the 2016 Community Built Association Conference. Concrete Couch will host the Oakland-based organization April 28 through May 1, with a daily bootcamp aimed at emerging professionals kicking off earlier on April 23.
The larger community-built mission centers around "an interactive process that involves the local community in the design, organization and creation of community projects."
In this case, Wood has had five "hub groups" consisting of around 175 regular volunteers of all ages toiling across town for the nine weeks leading up to the CBAC. Through soliciting donations and raising money from a long list of donor organizations — skills inherent to community-built projects — Concrete Couch will be able to install a 4-by-98-foot mosaic and ceramic tile mural on a wall in Penrose Library's lower parking lot during the conference. Wood estimates the value of the project to be upwards of $80,000. Visit concretecouch.org to plug into the mega mural work or coinciding installation efforts to beautify the area around Pueblo Avenue, which spans from the Indy offices southeast toward Wahsatch Avenue.