Friday, September 28, 2018

Pikes Peak Litter Letter project draws attention to trash in local waterways

Posted By on Fri, Sep 28, 2018 at 1:46 PM

click to enlarge Concrete Couch has begun assembling the 3D letters to fill with litter. - ALISSA SMITH
  • Alissa Smith
  • Concrete Couch has begun assembling the 3D letters to fill with litter.
Unlikely pairings tend to spring up during Arts Month, an annual initiative by the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region to fill the month of October with artistic experiences. During Arts Month, organizations of all kinds, even those that don’t tend to focus on art, contribute space for art events, lend their name and supporter base to arts organizations, or even partner with those organizations to make something unique. One such partnership: The Cultural Office itself and the Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance.

Together, the two organizations have established the Pikes Peak Litter Letter Project, modeled after the national Litter Letter Project — with permission, a press release specifies. “[The] local Pikes Peak Litter Letter Project aims to inspire artistic creativity, inspire passion for the outdoors, and inspire environmental stewardship by creating a public art piece that focuses on the efforts to keep our public lands and waterways clean,” the release reads.

The creation of this public art piece included another local arts organization, Concrete Couch, which has assembled giant, 3D letters out of recycled metal. The letters spell the word “INSPIRE.” Volunteers cleaning up public lands and waterways during Creek Week (which runs Sept. 29-Oct. 6), will fill these letters with litter and display them throughout the month at the intersection of Highway 24 and 21st Street.

Watch the final letter come together at the dedication ceremony on Wednesday, Oct. 3, at 11:30 a.m. Colorado Springs mayor John Suthers and Colorado Tourism Office Director Cathy Ritter will be there to make it official.

click to enlarge Little litter is off-limits. - ALISSA SMITH
  • Alissa Smith
  • Little litter is off-limits.

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