The mural promoting Colorado Springs as the proud home of the U.S. Olympic Committee is about to move into its next phase.
“If you’ve had the opportunity to drive I-25 at Cimarron, you know that the image of Henry Cejudo, the 2008 Beijing Olympic Gold Medalist, is almost complete,” city spokesman John Leavitt said today to Mayor Steve Bach and the City Council.
“As we approach completion (fingers crossed for cool/dry weather) of the original mural concept, we are now planning for the City logo on the south side of the mural,” he wrote.
Leavitt called the city logo a “bonus feature” that expands the visibility of the mural and won’t cost taxpayers any more money.
In reality, the city logo was added when developer Chuck Murphy, who owns the building where the rooftop mural is being painted, cut down two trees blocking the south side of the roof.
“The mural is a true celebration of the Colorado Springs community,” Leavitt wrote.
“It is being done at the hands of a celebrated local artist, Kim Polomka, it showcases a local athlete, Henry Cejudo, who graduated from Coronado High School and it highlights a local organization known throughout the globe – the USOC.”
When the council approved the taxpayer-funded mural on an 8-1 vote, with Councilwoman Angela Dougan opposed, the intent was to have it completed by the Fourth of July before the official start of the U.S. Women’s Open.
But weather and other issues have delayed the painting.
Hey, at least visitors here with the USA Pro Cycling Challenge will get to see a lot more of the finished product.