BLM painting on Elk Ave slated for Monday

Big and yellow

By Mark Reaman

Crested Butte’s Black Lives Matter mural is scheduled to be painted on Elk Avenue starting Monday, September 21. The mural is less artistic than some would prefer but clearly states the support of the movement.

The town ordered 60 gallons of yellow paint and the phrase will be painted in block letters ranging from five and 11 feet wide. It will stretch from the Brick Oven, through the Third Street intersection and will finish in front of Teocalli Tamale.

Crested Butte public works staff will do the painting and Elk Avenue will be closed during the project. The paint is the same that is used on the street for things such as yellow lines on the road and is not expected to take a long time to dry. Town manager Dara MacDonald said the hope is to complete the painting in one day.

The cost of the paint for the mural came in at $1,487.40.

The start of the project is dependent on the weather.

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