The street art going up around Denver has been one of the few bright spots during the coronavirus pandemic. But then a homophobe with a Big Gulp cast a shadow on the work that Karlee Mariel and Armina Jusufagic were doing, a mural commemorating life during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the past few weeks, the artists behind the creative agency Zada had put up several murals around town supporting front-line workers.
Mariel, an abstract artist who’s spent two decades painting street art, had recently returned home to Centennial after spending time on the East Coast studying art and establishing herself in the New Jersey and New York scenes. Jusufagic had just left San Francisco for Denver, where she’s getting her start as a street artist.