Asphalt Art Removal
Due to the rapid deterioration of the asphalt art installations on Romero, Hickory and Alta Vista Streets, these murals will be removed during the week of August 28th, 2023. The life span of future asphalt art installations is expected to be considerably longer as we employ more sustainable practices in both design and materials. FC Moves is grateful to these communities for all the time and energy invested in their respective projects and we look forward to continued communication in traffic calming efforts and applications.
First Painted Curb Extensions at Roosevelt and Maple!#
Many thanks to everyone who came out last Sunday, July 9th to assist with the installation of our city's FIRST painted curb extensions! Asphalt art is a tangible example of the power of community and together we installed a traffic calming, art installation in a single day. Not only are painted curb extensions an effective traffic calming application, the participatory nature of these projects enriches our lives by strengthening the fabric of community. Coupling curb extensions with plastic delineator posts and asphalt art we expect to see a reduction in vehicular speeds and vulnerable road user conflicts at this intersection. These results will be tracked and reported once post installation data has been gathered. Check back here for more information about future installations and thank you again for your support!
Why Asphalt Art?#
Fort Collins has a long history of incorporating art in public spaces. Mixing art into our everyday lives brings a calming and unique feel to our town. [www.fcgov.com/artspublic].
From sidewalk pavers, to Pianos About Town, to full-scale wall murals, public art can be found in many places around Fort Collins. These projects, the creation of local artists, offer nudges of curiosity and appreciation for taking extra time to notice our surroundings.
In 2021, the City of Fort Collins FC Moves department launched a program to implement asphalt art on our public roadways.
Asphalt art are paintings or other surface installations that increase proximity and access to public art in our community. The thoughtful location of these art installations also lends to traffic calming resulting in safer streets.
Community members lead and drive the process by identifying locations, proposing designs, and installing asphalt art. Low-income neighborhoods and community members have the opportunity to access the Paint Pot, a grant- and philanthropic-funded resource to ensure that cost is not a barrier to participation.
Fort Collins’ asphalt art program is led and driven by community members. This means that community members are responsible for the following activities:
- Identifying locations for asphalt art, generally low-volume local streets and their intersections.
- Building support among neighbors in the vicinity of the proposed installation.
- Preparing a design proposal, or working with an artist (in the neighborhood or at-large) to prepare a design.
- Purchase paint and materials. The Paint Pot is available to support material costs.
- Apply for an Art Permit to install the art, which includes a plan for managing traffic during installation.
- Maintain the installation into the future according to pre-determined schedules.
- Celebrate the installation.
The City will help guide each project from conception to completion. The City will help in the following ways:
- Approve of proposed design through an internal process.
- Provide technical assistance in completing applications and in advancing projects.
- Help coordinate celebrations and archival activities.
The Asphalt Art program is currently not open for public application. Current installations are made possible through the grant funded Paint Pot program and we welcome community engagement and participation in these projects.
Please direct questions and comments to program manager, Anna Kelso, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Asphalt art installations can involve significant costs. We expect that many community members will be able to cover the costs of their installation with neighborhood support. However, in order to ensure that everyone in our community has equitable access to the program, we have developed the Paint Pot, a fund available to low-income community members or neighborhoods that will support the costs of hard materials, such as paint, brushes, rollers, etc., and/or the costs associated with artist consultation in developing, scaling, or transferring your proposal from paper to the street.
To be eligible for the Paint Pot:
- Community members shall reside in historically underserved neighborhoods recognized by Neighborhood Services.
- Community members shall be presently enrolled in City LEAP programs.