By Bill Plock
October 25, 2022– Riding on bike paths these days has become more colorful and interesting thanks to several initiatives over the years to include murals on the trails and overpasses.
Recently Adams County finished such an initiative with the final mural being painted by Sofi Ramirez. We ran into her finishing the final piece just east of Sheridan on the Clear Creek Bike Path and had this short conversation with her.
She is part of a group of fifteen artists commissioned by Adams County. She uses a cement stain, not paint, to create her art. The stain penetrates the concrete pores better she said and will last longer and not be as slick when it’s wet.
Says Sofi on her website, “I believe in the ability art has to transform spaces, guide emotions, and start conversations. I deeply value my public art practice, because it provides me with the largest and most inclusive platform for my work. I hope my art can be a catalyst for a deeper understanding and celebration of diversity. While also peering into human nature in a way that opens a window into constructive self-reflection for myself and my viewers.”
Adams County has launched two campaigns to bridge the gap between public art, the outdoors, and wellness – while also bringing access to and highlighting the expanding parks, open space, and trail system available to the public.
Love Your Trails is a ground mural series dedicated to the natural beauty of the county. Artists who have participated in the program have embraced the challenges of working outdoors and finding new ways to draw in audiences. Murals run 18 miles from the Fishing is Fun Pond in Riverdale Regional Park in Brighton along the South Platte River Trail and the Clear Creek Trail all the way to Sheridan Blvd.
“Parks are democratic spaces – they are free to all, reflect the demographic diversity of our county, and are places for social and cultural interaction,” said Adams County Commissioner Lynn Baca, chair.
Participation in cultural activities connects people to each other and to their community institutions, providing pathways to other forms of participation. Thus, arts and culture can create opportunities for expression, community dialogue, and shared cultural experiences.
“Physical environments connect to mental and emotional well-being in more ways than one,” said Baca. “The spaces where we live and play form the context for our lives.”
For more information about all the artwork and artists go HERE
Here is a fun video from Adams County