Not too long ago, the CDOT sound wall at the I-225/S. Yosemite Street exit was pretty bland and almost unnoticeable to the thousands of vehicles that drove past it daily. A newly-painted mural and some new plants have changed the unnoticeable to vibrant and lively!
After a couple of years of planning and meetings, Denver District 4 City Councilperson Kendra Black, former Cherry Creek 3 President Don Ireland (who created the idea) and supportive local businesses plan got permission from CDOT to give the sound wall a makeover.
Noted Denver artist and muralist Delton Demarest (http://www.deltondemarestarts.com/) created the new "Welcome to Denver" mural. Delton (pictured below) generously donated his talents and painted the mural, with financial support for materials from local businesses and residents.
Here's an up-close look at the project:
The accompanying landscaping features low-water & native species recommended by Plant Select. The plants include Prairie Jewel Penstemon, Standing Ovation little bluestem, red yucca, mock bearberry manzanita, pawnee buttes sandcherry and gold on blue prairie zinnia. These plants will help attract and sustain pollinators.
The mural elements include several well-known Denver icons. Can you spot them in the photos above? Look to see Red Rocks, the state Capital, Mile High Stadium and statues from City Park, Civic Center, the Museum of Science and Nature and the Molly Brown House.
At the ends of the mural are a hummingbird and a butterfly, among the key pollinators to the region.
I-225 Mural Major Project sponsors & supporters:
* Kendra Black, Denver District 4, City Council.
Facebook page: Denver city councilwoman Kendra black district 4
* Brothers BBQ, multiple metro Denver locations:
* Nuggs Ice Cream, Denver:
* American Bonded: (Denver's River North Arts District - RiNo)
* GB Fish & Chips (multiple Denver area locations):
* Brock Lindsay, Farmers Insurance:
(303) 934-4334 website:
* Anon (private investor contributor)
* American Family Insurance Doug Nordlander Agency,
3600 S Yosemite St , Denver, CO 80237 (303) 771-3005
* Havey Pro Cinema, Denver
*****Mural Landscaping Program - Major Sponsor:
* Ascend Cannibis Co., 3335 S. Yosemite Street, Denver CO 80237. Website:
More about the mural:
* The work was primarily completed the last week of August, 2018.
* Thank you to the volunteers who helped plan, prepare the soil and install plants at the low-water, native & Xeric garden in front of the mural. They include:
Lynn Ireland (planting director), Panayoti Kelaidis of Denver Botanic Gardens (plant advisor) and volunteers from these groups:
Cherry Creek 2: Bryan Hasse and Tony Bleyenberg.
Cherry Creek 3: Julie Barnes, Brian Barnes, Sandi Campbell and Lynn Ireland.
Ascend Cannabis: Steven Embree
Denver District 4 Council Office: Councilwoman Kendra Black, Liz Zukowski and Steven Hlavac.
Special thanks: Scott Embree, Kathy Gile (Council District 4 office), Jim Robson (property manager, Cherry Creek 3) and Xeric consultant Craig Miller.
...and an extra-special thanks to the Boards at Cherry Creek 2 & 3 for supporting this effort to bring a new, vibrant look to southeast Denver!
Note to Cherry Creek 3 residents: Although your HOA Board supported the concept for this project, it was not a regular budget item. Cherry Creek 3 handled incoming contributions and paid mural-related costs. The mural project, however, was not paid for from your HOA dues.