First-of-its-kind art installation in Old Colorado City inspired by litter

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Pikes Peak Litter Letter Project

In Celebration of Arts Month, a massive first-of-its-kind installation debuting near Old Colorado City is turning something ugly into something beautiful. 

Located at the intersection of Highway 24 and 21st Street, giant letters spell out the word ‘inspire’ and are entirely made out of litter found all across the Pikes Peak Region. 

One man’s trash is another man’s inspiration.

Becky Leinweber, executive director of Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance said, “I think sometimes people think they toss that paper, that cup and it’s out their mind but it goes somewhere.”

Several organizations came up with the idea to put a spotlight on the growing amount of trash being thrown on the ground in our area. 

“I think it’s a little humbling to see how much litter there is out in our watershed and in our environment,” said Andy Vick, executive director of the Cultural Office of the Pikes Peak Region. 

The dirty work was done by several groups of volunteers, cleaning up thousands of pounds of trash in spots like Fountain Creek and Pike National Forest. 

Shawn Nielsen, executive director and Founder of Focus on the Forest said, “We did one in Gold Camp where we got 8,100 pounds out of Gold Camp so being part of this to get the public awareness out there to tell people that hey we’ve got this problem but as a community and as a group we can actually fix this. We can get this done.”

The garbage is then stuffed into giant letters made by local non-profit, Concrete Couch and placed on the northwest corner of Cimarron and 21st Streets. 

“What we really need to do is change the perception of public outdoor ethics so that when we go out, take a bag with you, clean it up, make it better than when you got there in the first place,” said Leinweber. 

The installation is called the Pikes Peak Litter Letter project and you can check it out throughout the entire month of October. 

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