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Murals go up in Colorado Springs to encourage voting

It's part of a national campaign
Posted at 7:35 PM, Oct 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-05 08:08:31-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Five new murals just went up around Colorado Springs as part of a national get out the vote initiative. And they're making the city just a bit more vibrant.

It's all part of Facebook's 'Voting is Voice' initiative encouraging people to vote this November. The social media giant commissioned five artists to create murals encouraging voter participation in 10 cities across the U.S., including Colorado Springs.

"I've been making art since I was a little kid," Edie Fake said.

Creating art is Fake's passion in life.

"My paintings are kind of an ecstatic architecture," He said. "Like an experimental exciting way of visualizing the world."

Recently, his work caught the eye of a pretty influential force.

"I work with Facebook as part of their artist in residence program and did a mural at their Los Angeles office," Fake said.

And now, he has a new mural.

"My design has a lot of color and pattern. Almost trying to be like a celebration, but also trying to express some of the urgency. Of getting registered to vote and voting."

He is one of the artists commissioned by Facebook to create murals encouraging voting.

"The murals that are going up are all wheat pasted design so their wheat pasted posters," Fake said. "And one is going up, i think it might actually be up already on a community center."

For him, the message is clear.

"It just says you gotta vote in big large letters," he said.

And he's glad he can help make that happen.

"Well I think each election there's a huge portion of the population that's eligible to vote that doesn't," he said. "And I feel like for us to really experience a democracy and to kind of feel seen, voting is part of that."