Rainbow Falls lies along Fountain Creek above Manitou Springs, but because of visits by people with spray paint, many have come to know it by a different name: Graffiti Falls. KRCC’s Kate Jonuska set out to explore efforts to clean up the area, and discovered what some see as art, others see as vandalism.

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This piece aired as part of the February edition of Western Skies. See a slideshow by clicking here.

 

One Response to Rainbow Falls, Graffiti Art, and "Graffiti Falls"

  1. Astrogirl says:

    As an artist, I can appreciate graffiti as an artform. However, when it moves from the urban canvas to personal property and natural settings like Rainbow Falls, it is just mass vandalism and destruction. I have a saying concerning gang tags too: “If your name isn’t on my mortgage loan and property deed, here’s a news flash: “It’s ain’t your turf, you dumb turd!”

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