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On the Arkansas River Levee, Pueblo, Colorado

The levee holding back the Arkansas River for over three miles as it passes through Pueblo is a concrete canvas for what the Guinness folks have certified as the world’s longest painting. What began as oddball paintings by the anonymous and nocturnal Tee Hee Artists in the late 1970s soon became legitimized by a community-approved organization that upped the artistic ante. Since then, scores of local artists have slowly covered two miles (and counting) of continuous levee with vibrant artwork depicting everything from pro-recycling logos to Aztec history to Elvis Presley.


 


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