Wednesday, May 11, 2011

UPDATE: Update on the 12 Mural Project

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2011 at 11:13 AM

Douglas Rouse's mural on the side of the Warehouse is making great progress, although he's still looking for donors to purchase a portrait in the mural (some of us back in edit want to nominate our CEO, but that's probably not going to happen).

The mural will be finished May 25, Rouse says, so if you need to act quickly if you're interested in "immortality."

Anyway, here's a look:

——- ORIGINAL POST, 1:44 P.M., MARCH 29 ——-

If you've been around The Warehouse lately, you've likely noticed the progress made on its facade, a tromp l'oeil mural led by local artist Douglas Rouse, who's heading up the 12 Mural Project with his partner and wife Mallori Rouse.

The project has been in the works for quite some time, but as you can imagine, funding is at a premium, which is why the Rouses are offering "immortality." That's right, get yourself painted right there on the wall for a fee.

Don't think of it as vanity, think of it as a donation for the project, and give the portrait part away to someone pretty. Or whatever. Read the press release and think on it:

What is the 12 Mural Project?

The 12 Mural Project is a means to promote the presence of and raise the standard of high-quality visual arts in Colorado Springs, enhance and re-beautify areas in need of revitalizing, attract tourism, create community and on-the-job-training, strengthen relationships between artists, and to support local art-related non-profits.

The finished murals will be stunning and spectacular showcases of our local talent, creating new destinations and inspiration for art lovers, schools, tourists and residents.

Led by local artists Douglas Rouse and Mallori Rouse, the 12 Mural Project will combine the talents of professional working artists with aspiring artists. Twelve different locations throughout Colorado Springs, at least six of those being downtown, will be targeted to receive a mural and one team of 12 to 18 artists will be chosen for each mural.

A secure “donation box” will be affixed to each completed mural, along with proper signage explaining the 12 Mural Project and its fundraising potential. Tourists and citizens will be able to donate in any amount. Once all expenses associated with each mural have been paid the remaining, and future, collections will be pooled into a fund and distributed among local art-related non-profits. The donation boxes will remain in place for the life of the mural.

Where’s the first mural going to be?

Officially, there is already one mural in existence. The mural depicts a 1920s train scene on the south-facing wall of 14 N. Sierra Madre St. This mural was funded by the occupants of the building, Alpern Myers Stuart, LLC, and the Downtown Development Authority. However, since its completion in August 2009, the 12 Mural Project has been reinvented with new guidelines and now has a fiscal sponsor, the Pikes Peak Arts Council, a local 501(c)3. Under the new guidelines, the first mural will be on the Warehouse Restaurant & Gallery building.

The Warehouse Murals

Murals on three separate walls of the Warehouse Restaurant & Gallery building, 25 W. Cimarron St., will be the cornerstone of the 12 Mural Project. Even though there are three separate murals on this building it is being considered only one of twelve of the 12 Mural Project. These murals will create a new trompe l’oeil (meaning “trick the eye”) façade. Trompe l’oeil is a style of painting which stops viewers in their tracks, wondering whether what they are looking at is real or painted. When complete, these murals will provide a visual gateway to people entering and exiting downtown via Cimarron Street.

Benefiting the Public

In addition to the artists directly involved, their families, friends and organizations with which they are associated, local residents and patrons that frequent the downtown area, those who utilize Cimarron as a way in and out of downtown Colorado Springs, art teachers and organizations, local art supporters and tourists will all be exposed to a new standard of visual public art and quality they can call their own.

The Warehouse Restaurant served 37,000 meals in 2009. The Gallery space hosts functions on a weekly basis and can accommodate 250 people per event. The building contains eight other businesses. An estimated 120,000 people annually enter the building. 50,000 automobiles per day are estimated to pass the building on their way into and out of downtown.

This new artwork will be media worthy and create an inspiring buzz among locals, as well as surrounding areas, forging a “must-see” reputation. The murals will become a meeting place and a reference point. Schools and art organizations will be encouraged to visit the site on field trips to educate students on murals, painting techniques and the impact of public art. Receptions will be held in the Warehouse Gallery space upon completion of each mural. The Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau will be updated on the new attraction and media blasts will be organized through radio, television, print and Internet. A time-lapse video of the process of the murals will also be created.

Project Timeline

The three murals on the Warehouse Restaurant & Gallery building have a completion deadline of May 30, 2011.

Who’s funding the 12 Mural Project?

Grants from the Downtown Development Authority and the Bee Vradenburg Foundation along with limited funds from the Warehouse Restaurant & Gallery and Raphael Sassower have made it possible to begin the first mural. However, this adds up to only a fraction of the budget. FUNDS ARE NEEDED NOW to complete the mural on time.

In order to raise the money needed we are selling IMMORTALITY.

Citizens of Colorado Springs can now donate a set amount and have their face and/or body painted into the mural to live on forever.

There are a total of 24 spots available for sale.

12 Decorative Medallions

There are twelve decorative medallions, one above each column, where faces will be painted to look like they are carved out of stone.
Donation price per face: $500

12 Life-Sized Bodies

Depicted throughout the mural there will be people interacting, walking, and dining in a café setting. There will even be a gardener. Sometimes just the face will be seen in the mural and sometimes the complete body. Donation price per person: $750

In addition there will be one premier spot available. “The Artist” will be painted in an undisclosed spot. Donation price: $1,500

All donations are tax- deductible, thanks to our fiscal sponsor, the Pikes Peak Arts Council.


Any other questions can be directed to Douglas Rouse at 201-1966.
Douglas Rouse, a local professional muralist, will be the lead artist for the Warehouse murals and responsible for all aspects of the creative process and implementation (including: artistic design and development, managing volunteers, logistics, teaching and guiding).

For a complete portfolio of his work please visit

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