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Denver-based artist Koko Bayer focuses on making art in public spaces   Since 2015, she has installed thousands of temporary outdoor works for her Temporary Structures Project, a collaboration with grandfather Herbert Bayer’s groundbreaking art.   "By blending his designs with her contemporary style, Koko Bayer creates visually striking and thought-provoking artworks that pay homage to her grandfather's legacy while also exploring her voice. "


She is a member of the leadership team for Babe Walls, a non-profit that produces mural/mentoring events for womxn and non-binary artists.  "Babe Walls teams experienced muralists with talented artists who have never done a mural before.  It's a great way for womxn and non-binary artists to learn and to get their foot in the door of the mural world." 


In April 2020, Koko started #ProjectSpreadHope, a series of murals to inspire positivity during the pandemic. Over the past three years, she has installed hundreds of large Pink Lemonade Heart and Rainbow heart murals throughout Colorado, as well as in New York, Chicago, Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Miami.  


The #RainbowHeartProject began in June of 2020  as a response to Pride celebrations being canceled.   “In our community, Pride is a time to bond and be seen, the rare moment when we feel like a majority. I wanted my LGBTQ+ sisters and brothers to feel hopeful that things would get better."  


The first temporary murals went up outside LGBTQ + spaces, and hundreds more have gone up in public places, schools, hospitals, and shelters.   This past December,  she did a '24x32 foot Rainbow Love mural dedicated to the victims of the Club Q mass shooting for the Wynwood Mural Fest during Art Basel Miami 2022.


"With our civil rights under attack from anti-LGBTQ+ legislation targeting transgender youth and free speech, it’s crucial to have representation and positive messages in public spaces. My goal for the Rainbow Heart Project is to install  Rainbow Heart murals throughout the World. "

Her work has been featured in several mural festivals, including  RiNo  Chrush Walls 2016-2020, StreetWise Art 2019/2020,  BabeWalls 2020/2021/2022, Rocky Mountain Walls, Colorcon, and  B-Line Chicago and most recently, Wynwood Mural Fest 2022. Recent solo exhibitions include  “Pink Lemonade Hope”  in the Freyer–Newman Center at the Denver Botanic Gardens and “Souvenirs” and “Hope Shop” at Dateline Gallery.

see her latest projects on Instagram @kokonofilter


Meet the Artist: Koko Bayer

Denver botanic GARDENS

"Best new street art Project"

best of Denver 2020


"Denver Artist Koko Bayer’s #ProjectSpreadHope

Interview by Ryan Warner

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"Inside the art of Koko Bayer"

Video by Polina Saran



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