I was introduced to the work of Colorado artist Randy Milhoan during a recent trip to Vail Colorado. When I mentioned that I love graffiti, street art and murals, my host took me by bike to the underground structure of Lionshead Parking, where Randy's work is splattered across the walls on each level of the parking complex.
Each level is in a different color and trails around turn after turn, so you can see rock art and picture writing in abundance as you're driving around or in our case, cycling around.
Rock art or picture writing allowed earliest man to describe history of the time for future generations to understand and learn from. Historic and pre-historic art is found in many parts of the world, with some in areas of Spain and France going back 15,000 years. In the U.S., rock art is often found in the west and southwest, including plateaus, mountain regions and river valleys.
When you look at the drawings, you see masks, mammals, human forms, weapons, statues, night sky insects, birds, elementary math, reptiles, feet and hand prints.
Randy traced and/or copied several hundred pictures, trying to keep them as true to the originals as possible. The mural underground extends around 9,600 feet.
He was also involved in a murals project that depicts the history of Gore Valley Colorado around Vail.