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Change comes again to USOC mural

By: DANIEL CHACÓN
August 5, 2011
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photo - The latest rendering of the USOC mural includes the city logo -- a move prompted by the removal of two trees that had been obscuring the space. Photo by
The latest rendering of the USOC mural includes the city logo -- a move prompted by the removal of two trees that had been obscuring the space. Photo by  

In the latest twist involving a rooftop mural promoting Colorado Springs as the home of the U.S. Olympic Committee, painters will add a city logo to the design to cover space that had been partially obscured by two trees the building owner recently chopped down.

Meredith Vaughan, president and partner at Vladimir Jones, a local advertising and marketing agency overseeing the project, said she didn’t know why developer Chuck Murphy cut the trees. Murphy could not be reached for comment.

“It was a little bit of a surprise to us,” she said Friday.

But Vaughan said the new design won’t complicate matters.

“The whole roof was going to be painted, but the south third, which was obstructed originally by trees, was just going to be painted the solid blue, the Olympic blue,” she said. “When he cut down the trees, it removed the obstruction, so now we’re going to add the city logo.”
The logo, which includes the USOC name, will be painted in blue and white, according to a rendering of the new design.

The mural, expected to cost about $19,000, was supposed to be finished by the Fourth of July in time for the U.S. Women’s Open. But the corrugated steel roof – and the hot, rainy weather – has impeded the work.

In addition, Vladimir Jones asked local muralist Kim Polomka to repaint some of the letters last month because they were slightly out of position.

City Councilwoman Angela Dougan, who cast the lone dissenting vote against the taxpayer-funded project, said she felt strongly then and now that general fund dollars shouldn’t have been used for the mural.

“We have a tough budget coming up for 2011,” she said. “We have many needs in our core government services. We have a huge capital projects list, and this council has to become fiscally responsible in their spending. I hope and pray that my colleagues will listen to the (majority) of the citizens who have felt this was a waste of precious taxpayer dollars and get serious about funding public safety, streets and transportation.”

City spokesman John Leavitt said adding the city logo to the mural won’t cost any additional money. He said the new element could add time to the project, although he didn’t know by how much.

Leavitt said he’s pleased with how the mural is turning out.

“It’s starting to look better,” Leavitt said. “I’m happy that it’s coming together at this point.”
The mural, which will feature Olympic gold medalist Henry Cejudo, is temporary. It is expected to last at least a year, although it could last longer before fading.

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