"Larimer Boy and Girl" in RiNo

Larimer St & 26th St Denver

Public Art in Denver/"Larimer Boy and Girl" in RiNo
VAMONDE Denver
Written By VAMONDE Denver

One Mural with Two Faces

When artist Jeremy Burns designed this mural, he factored in the angled fins which project from the building’s concrete facade and painted a different image on each of its sides. Viewed from an angle, the mural appears to be a sad-faced girl, but approach from the opposite direction, and you’ll see a surprised-looking boy. Stand up close and right in front, and you see the wall but not the faces. Another unusual feature is that you can only view the entire image from a distance.

The artist behind what Westword.com has called “one of the simplest yet most sophisticated murals in town” is Colorado native Jeremy Burns. His first mural is on the Like Minded Productions studio building. During an interview with Go Play Denver, he described the process used to design the “Larimer Boy and Girl” mural. Before painting, the artist projected a line drawing from each direction onto the wall at night and completed some of his design freehand with sidewalk chalk.

Art on Every Street Corner

Larimer Boy and Girl is located in one of Denver’s most artistically-inspired neighborhoods, the River North Arts District, which the locals call RiNo. RiNo has street art on nearly every corner, and Larimer Boy and Girl is on the east side of Larimer between 25th and 26th streets. Burns relocated to Denver from Gunnison in 2002 and has been living in RiNo since 2004.

RiNo is a heavily industrial area with many warehouses and factories. The City of Denver has opted to revitalize those buildings to preserve its historical past, and they're now the canvas upon which many murals are painted.

The YouTube video below from The Denver Channel illustrates the continued positive relationship between the RiNo neighborhood and street art:

Public Art for a Selfie Culture

Burns is supportive of the changes he has seen in his neighborhood, and he feels like public art is an important feature.

“Art in the public space is exciting and it livens up the community. It brings interest and focus to parts of town that are kind of neglected … I think the selfie/Instagram culture is really fun and that people are out there looking for that most awesome backdrop. It’s a no-brainer that Larimer is one of the best spots for that.” —Robert Burns

The YouTube video from The Denver Channel describes how public art in RiNo has contributed to its positive regeneration of community space:

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Cover image by Chris Goldberg is licensed under (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Public Art in Denver

"Larimer Boy and Girl" in RiNo

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