El Paso County, CO, February 8, 2017 – Officials from El Paso County and the city of Colorado Springs as well as others dedicated the new home for “The History of Transportation” mural in downtown Colorado Springs on Tuesday, February 7.
“El Paso County was fortunate to receive this colorful and historical timeline mural by well-known local artist Steve Wood,” said former County Commissioner Sallie Clark who worked on the mural’s relocation. “The transportation-themed mural joins two of the artist’s previous community projects currently displayed at the Centennial Hall campus, including the Rainbow Falls kiosk on temporary placement pending work at the Rainbow Falls Historic Site and Recreation Area. Steve’s individuality and enthusiasm for the history of our region with the brightly colored panels, compliment the image of our area’s picturesque scenery. From the cultural history of the Cotton Club and Ute Theater, to the Cripple Creek mining district, bicycles and trolleys, it provides a beautiful accent to the entrance of El Paso County’s Centennial Hall through this city-county partnership to re-dedicate this vibrant piece to its new County home.”
“The History of Transportation” covers a span of the Centennial Hall facade near the front entrance on Cascade Avenue. The mural was installed in 2002 at the downtown transit terminal. The mural, approximately 60 feet long, celebrates the many modes of transportation used over time in the Pikes Peak region.
“It’s important for us to recognize our history, and transportation touches everyone,” said Commissioner Darryl Glenn, President of the Board of El Paso County Commissioners. “I’m glad we could find a home for this mural."
Steve Wood designed the mural as a learning tool for students exploring Colorado history. The mural depicts the ever-changing modes of transportation that have served El Paso County. He delved into collections at the Pioneers Museum as he researched the region's history before creating his artwork.
“This mural is very special to me,” Wood said at the dedication. “I like to tell a story and I like to engage people.”
El Paso County and its residents have a long history of supporting the arts. Wood is the director of the community-based non-profit Concrete Couch, which has created more than 200 pieces of public art in the Pikes Peak Region.
“This piece is just another example of the partnership, the collaboration, between the city and the County,” said Councilwoman Jill Gaebler, President Pro-tem.
“Art and culture is so important to the community,” said Andy Vick, Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region executive director. “Projects like these are part of what makes our community such a great place to live.”