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Walking West

  • Location:
    Colfax Avenue, Denver, Colorado, Colorado, US

Artist Conor McGarrigle will walk Denver's Colfax Avenue, the longest continuous street in America, drawing a 26 mile line to be captured in a satellite photograph.

In his latest psychogeographic performance, which takes place on Friday April 11, McGarrigle will walk the entire 26.2 mile length of Denver's best known and most controversial street (once dubbed the longest wickedest street in America by Playboy magazine), from the eastern plains through the heart of downtown toward the west.

He will mark his route by drawing a line as he walks with the action captured from space by a commissioned high-resolution satellite photograph.

The very act of walking has become a marginalized practice in many American cities yet by walking we can experience the city itself, at a human pace, as a space of discovery and encounter. The symbolic act of walking Colfax Ave acts as a lens to focus discussion on the role of this street in the cultural, social, economic and political life of Denver and at a wider level the role of urban walking

Please join the artist, either physically or virtually, for part of his walk to discuss the project and help the artist uncover the stories, connections and associations that transform city streets into our neighborhoods. Walking West will begin at 9am at the intersection of East Colfax Avenue and the I-70 and will continue for 8-8.5 hours. Locations will be posted to twitter in real time under the hashtag #walkingwest and estimated timings will be posted to walkingwest.us before the event.

Join the artist for the Walking West afterparty at Counterpath Gallery, 613 22nd St Denver, Saturday April 12 7pm.