Streets of Carbondale: Creativity Around Every Corner


Streets of Carbondale: Creativity Around Every Corner

by Kevin Nakagawa


Carbondale, Colorado is a small, hip mountain town tucked between the Roaring Fork and Aspen Valleys. 

We are proud to call Carbondale the home of Corvidae Collective. Bragging rights come with the territory.  Why? We work in a place that (literally) dishes out daily inspiration around every corner. Here's just a glimpse into Carbondale's colorful world through a virtual Bonedale street art tour.  

First stop: The skate park. Beautifully designed graffiti-bordering-on-fine-art line the walls of this curves, bowls and walls of this concrete playground. Our faves? The kind of adorable (yet beautifully badass) skeleton crawling out of the wall and the mural-sized bright purple octopus.   Ranging from decorated bad ass skulls to a detailed mural of a purple octopus. 

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Second stop: Everywhere else. You couldn't get away from street art in Bonedale if you tried. Take a walk around town and you'll find sculptures taller than you, colorful paintings on the sides of buildings, the unplanned artistic collaboration on a community chalkboard, messages of optimism on phone poles, fantastically detailed landscaping through walkways, drawings on alleyway walls, and our personal fave: paper-clip bike racks. 

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Creativity is an unofficial requirement for Carbondale residents. The first rule of Fight Club is to not talk about Fight Club. The first rule of Bondale is to freaking love art in Bonedale. Just kidding, we would love you even if you haven't fallen in love with our art (yet). In all seriousness though, it is Carbondale's relentless passion for making something beautiful out of the mundane that we owe the collaborative creative inspiration we are known for. 

Street art graphically compiled into one final representation of 'Bonedale,' derived from an original piece at the Carbondale Skate Park and other original street art around town. Graphic design compilation by Kevin Nakagawa.

Street art graphically compiled into one final representation of 'Bonedale,' derived from an original piece at the Carbondale Skate Park and other original street art around town. Graphic design compilation by Kevin Nakagawa.

This blog is the first in a series that will cover the creative culture of Carbondale, CO. Share your fave artsy nook in Carbondale in the comments below -- Or, hit us up on Instagram @corvidaecollective and use the hashtag #bonedaleart when you gram art around Carbondale. We want to feature you on our website and Instagram page!


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