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10 snaps from Cheyenne's Greenway Wall Art Dedication Ceremony

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - A dedication ceremony was held yesterday evening for the new Wall Art now displayed on the Holliday Park and Greenway Underpass, June 2. Local artist, Guadalupe Barajas, is the creator of the two unique wall art pieces of the Lincolnway underpass wing walls. Mayor Rick Kaysen made a few remarks to the crowd of Cheyenne residents, City representatives, and the arts community during the unveiling of the two wall pieces. Each of the pieces by Barajas depict iconic aspects of Wyoming to include; the State flower: Indian Paintbrush, Icons of our prairie: Pronghorn, State bird: Meadowlark, Symbol of our Nation's strength and freedom and sacred to the Native Americans: the Eagle. Born and raised in Wyoming, Barajas was one of the first graduates of East High School. "I made it my life's goal to become a professional artist," Barajas said. "In 1962, the Artists Guild chose to honor a high school graduate who showed a sincere interest in pursuing a career in art by presenting them with the Leo Kirk's Memorial Scholarship...and today I stand here dedicating my newest installation, and I am proud to say that I was the first recipient of that scholarship." "This installation in this park represents such a significant milestone in my life, because in essence I have come full-circle. I can only hope that both the Artists Guild and members of the Greenway Foundation now feel that their money was well spent." The project was funded by the Cheyenne Greenway Foundation and supported in part by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund and the Wyoming Arts Council. ​​#shortgo #news #whatshappening