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Art in progress: RiNo gets new murals during CRUSH festival

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DENVER — Every year at this time, artists come from across the country to give a Denver neighborhood a colorful makeover.

The CRUSH festival brings artists together with internationally renowned graffiti and street art talents for a week of “art, community and connection.”

Most of the murals are in the alley between Larimer and Walnut streets, from about 25th to 30th avenues.

“This annual event is free to the public and is for all demographics and all ages to enjoy this curated outdoor gallery,” the website states. “And this year Denver Public Library will be sponsoring a wall for kids ages 5 to 12 to come out and paint.”

The artists started working Monday and will continue through Sunday morning.

Artist Chris Spade (a.k.a. Chris Korink) was working on the outline of his design Thursday that he described as “the most nerve-racking part.”

He gave a sneak peek at the full design.

Artist Mike Graves was getting closer to completing his project on Thursday afternoon.