We are delighted to invite you to join Smokebrush Foundation, Concrete Couch, the Manitou Springs Creative District, and the City of Manitou Springs in celebrating the completion of our “Turtle Crossing” traffic calming mural on El Paso Blvd. tomorrow, Friday October 8 from 10am-12pm.
Friday, October 8 community celebration:
10:00 am – Street Turtle Yoga Class with Kat and Venus the Tortoise
11:00 am – Turtle Dance Party featuring live music
12:00 pm – Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
In front of SunWater Spa between Seven Minute Spring and Old Man’s Trail. 514 El Paso Blvd, Manitou Springs, CO 80829
“Turtle Crossing” Street Safety Pilot Project Mural Completion
As part of #ArtsOctober, local artists painted a family of 51 giant, colorful turtles on El Paso Blvd. in just four days. The pilot project, which was privately funded by Smokebrush Foundation, created a traffic calming mural that will allow the City of Manitou Springs to test the effectiveness of this treatment to improve stop sign compliance and slow traffic near important crosswalks. We hope to protect our pedestrians and cyclists by creating more mindful drivers. In similar projects around the country, cities have seen up to a 60% improvement in stop sign and speed limit compliance.
More information on the project: https://
Turtle Crossing: 315′ of El Paso Blvd. traffic calming mural features 51 turtles painted by Smokebrush Foundation, Concrete Couch and loads of local artists. Special thanks to City of Manitou Springs Government for their partnership in challenging us to consider a public safety arts initiative and closing the street for our pilot project, plus massive applause to our Manitou Springs Fire Department for this drone footage.