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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is top contender to replace Olympic Mural design

Posted at 7:13 PM, Aug 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-13 10:38:13-04

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – It’s a staple of the downtown view in Colorado Springs: the Olympic mural, which you’ve probably seen many times on your commute.

Well now, it’s on its way out.

The mural, commissioned by the U.S. Olympic Committee, has been up for seven years to be exact and while it serves as a welcoming sight to drivers in the city of Colorado Springs, time has taken its toll on this property and unfortunately its fallen victim to some graffiti, too.

Now, the owner wants a whole new building to take its place and he believes the change will be for the best.

Chuck Murphy, who owns the building, believes this mural design by Australian artist Kim Polomka has fulfilled its purpose.
And rather than repair it, he says it’ll be better to start over with a brand new design.

So which organization does he want to highlight next?
Murphy says he’s making the space available for the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo to use.

“It’s served its purpose and now it’s time to have new purpose,” he said.
“So I think it’ll be great. It’s great to promote the zoo and promote the city and everybody wins.”

Murphy says the zoo is on board, too.
To maintain the integrity of the mural, the same artist behind the original design, Kim Polomka, iss going to be the one to design this new mural, too.

Murphy says he should have an official announcement by the end of August to confirm whether the zoo will be taking over the mural.