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Artists announced for mural on Slab basketball courts

Artists announced for mural on Slab basketball courts

(PUEBLO, Colo.) — After the Pueblo Parks and Recreation Office partnered with the Colorado Lottery to upgrade Pueblo’s Elizabeth Street Parkway outdoor basketball courts, also known as “the Slab,” the four selected projects are officially ready to be unveiled to the public.

In June 2023, artists and art teams were invited to submit up to four examples of artwork relevant to the project. An important piece of information for artists was that court lines, such as boundary lines, free throw lanes, three-point arcs, and half-court lines, would be leveled above each mural by the court contractor.


Each project received compensation of $2,500 per court, funded by the Colorado Lottery.

Courtesy: City of Pueblo Parks and Recreation

“We are excited to announce the four winning artists and also reveal the projects we will be able to showcase once the Slab project is completed in September,” said Deputy Parks and Recreation Director Mike Sexton. “The Slab is such an important part of our basketball community here in Pueblo, so updating the facility and incorporating art into the new courts will be an exciting new feature that will attract the next generation of basketball players.”

The winning mural artists include Tia Monson, Anthony Marinucci, Jazelle Bustos and Chloe Kelly. Each artist’s design is unique in their own style and features a love of Pueblo, basketball or a mix of both.

Courtesy: City of Pueblo Parks and Recreation

Aunt Monson is a Pueblo artist who has been working for 35 years, specializing in murals for the past five years. Monson has painted more than 20 murals on the Arkansas River Levee. Monson’s mural features a Colorado Lottery logo instead of a basketball, as well as large letters that read “PUEBLO.”

Anthony Marinucci is a Pueblo artist who has dedicated the last 20 years to his passion for photography and graphic design in addition to his career as a senior manager of financial planning and analysis at EVRAZ North America. Marinucci was a Slab player in 3v3 leagues, parlor games, and coached his son in Slab. His entry includes both the Colorado Lottery logo and the Pueblo sun, as well as the Rocky Mountains and the outline of a steel mill.

Jazelle Bustos is a proud graduate of Marymount Manhattan in New York City and enjoys artistic innovation and community involvement. She is dedicated to using her artistic expression as a catalyst for positive change, storytelling, and celebrating culture. Bustos’ mural features an outstretched hand reaching for a basketball, as well as paint splatters with dynamic color contrast.

Chloe Kelly is a local artist who creates works that are vibrant in color, dynamic in form, and capture the essence of movement. She is an artist who believes that her artwork is a creative expression of the inspiration that life offers throughout time. Kelly’s mural featured the graffiti-style words “PUEBLO SLABS,” a variety of colors, and an abstract representation of a basketball player.

In addition to the court resurfacing, the court update project includes a new prestressed concrete slab, new posts, backboards, hoops, benches and improved LED lighting. The total estimated cost of the project is $500,000, made possible by funding from the Colorado Lottery and their commitment to Pueblo Outdoor Recreation.

Court file updates began on Monday, June 24, and the project is expected to be completed by the end of September.