- Associated Press - Friday, September 19, 2014

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) - A nearly 3-mile-long mural on a levee in Pueblo could be destroyed when a flood-control district refurbishes the structure.

The Pueblo Chieftain reported Friday (https://tinyurl.com/qefq8p8 ) the 90-year-old levee along the Arkansas River is bulging and cracking.

The Pueblo Conservancy District plans to remove the top 12 feet of the levee and resurface the concrete face, which would eliminate the mural.

Art teacher Cynthia Ramu, who has coordinated painting on the levee, says losing the landmark mural would be traumatic for Pueblo.

District engineer Rick Kidd says he doesn’t want to lose the artwork but repairs are needed to protect downtown Pueblo.

The city website says the mural began 30 years ago as isolated graffiti and expanded into a long, continuous painting.

Kidd says artists could paint on the rebuilt levee.


Information from: The Pueblo Chieftain, https://www.chieftain.com

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