Erie, Colorado - On Tuesday, July 23 at 5:30 p.m. Mayor Jennifer Carroll will be unveiling the latest of Erie’s public art. The mural, created by Dave and Liz Gage, takes us on a journey through the past and into the present. The installation is situated on the east end of 515 Briggs Street, an unlikely location, that property owner Bob Swenson says is aligned with his vision of an eventual upgrade of the alley as part of the Historic Old Town experience. Swenson aims to change the conversation about quality public art while re-purposing alleyways to encourage pedestrian and bike traffic. Through this mural, the artists hoped to cast a vision for a flourishing downtown filled with restaurants, coffee shops, live work space, galleries and an orderly pedestrian, bike, and vehicle-friendly destination.
Mayor Pro-tem Geoff Deakin said, “We’ve been fortunate to work with businesses and developers who appreciate the history and character of our town and who have worked to preserve and embrace some of that legacy. This piece will help us reinforce that while Erie’s growth may seem recent, our roots run deep.”
About the Artists
Dave and Liz Gage have been painting together for almost fifty years and they operate their studios out of Erie, Colorado. Creating, designing and painting have been a way of life for the Gages and they passed on their artistic heritage to all four of their children. They have shared their art through community and private art works and have been commissioned on international art projects.
Additional Community Quotes
Geoff Deakin, Mayor Pro Tem:
“Telling Erie’s story—and having it be told by our own residents—feels like the most appropriate way to start Erie’s next phase of economic development on Briggs Street and in Old Town Erie.”
Elle Cabbage, Erie Chamber
“This beautiful mural reflects Erie’s coal mining roots; the colorful hot air balloons mirror the current icon for Erie; and, the bicycles reveal both years past and current. The bicycles close to the front of the mural suggest the Town of Erie is constantly moving forward! Through this impressive mural, Dave and Liz Gage have encompassed the past, present and future of Erie’s growing Town.”
Adam Haid, Erie Board of Trustee
“The artists have created this beautiful representation of Erie - then and now. They included all the things that make our town unique and bring the viewer into a world with a cornucopia of experiences. I am ecstatic about this piece being created in Erie and I hope to see more art throughout our wonderful town.”
Luke Bolinger, Town of Erie Community Partnerships Manager
“This mural exemplifies what it means to live, work, and play in Erie. It’s another step in continuing to support art and culture in our community.”