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The Knob Hill neighborhood getting an artistic makeover

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The Knob Hill neighborhood in Colorado Springs is getting an artistic makeover. Seven murals are being created by local artists this weekend, and more are on the way. The project has been in the works for a few weeks after muralist and tattoo artist Paes came up with the idea after opening a studio in the area. Paes says the goal is to create an entire arts district in the heart of the city. 

If you're driving through the Knob Hill neighborhood this weekend you'll see some art. 

"It's going to change the image of Knob Hill," said Paes, "And get some more art in the city poppin. I think the city is going to really be excited. Here in a couple months you're going to cruise up and down Knob Hill and it's going to be a whole new world."

Local artist Paes is teaming up with other artists that answered his call on Facebook,"Made this video talking about what I was trying to do," said Paes, "And overnight it was like all the walls were already packed I mean really some great names in the local industry hit me up and I was like alright let's do this."

Even old friends are stopping by, "I met him in high school back in San Antonio so I've known him for over 20 years," said local artist Maxwell Torres.

All the art will involve Colorado and positivity, no politics.

"It's called peace," Torres said of a piece he's working on,"It's the dove there coming out, opening out of the darkness and shedding light on the world and it's something that we need nowadays especially."

Knob Hill is made up of local businesses who are responding positively to the change.

"I think this is great," said Elden Peterson a local businessowner, "That big wall has been so ugly for so long."

The Knob Hill art hub could also be a launching point for careers,"Artists that want to get to that next level they're not leaving to Denver or leaving the state anymore they're staying at home and showcasing it so as far as street art and large murals that's what we want to showcase," said Paes.

That showcase is on display all weekend, "All weekend long, in-between Union and Circle on Platte, drive up and down you're not going to miss anybody," said Paes.

By the end of the year the group hopes to have 20 murals in the area.

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