Side Stories // RiNo

By January 25, 2018Hippo

For ten winter nights — February 21st – March 2nd — ten buildings in Denver’s River North neighborhood will feature the works of ten Colorado artists, collectively transforming them into a large-format outdoor film installation. This immersive event will project 3-5 minute looping films onto the exterior walls of buildings in East RiNo (from Broadway to 36th Street and Blake Street to Larimer Street) to create a walkable art experience though the historic neighborhood.

The film genres range from live action to animation to experimental, and the artists include Postmodern, Futuristic Films, Gary Emrich, Ivar Zeile (Denver Digerati), CU Denver Student & Faculty Collaboration, David Zimmer, HaveyPro Cinema, The Made Shop, Mighteor, and Studio Hippo. Yes, you read that right. We were chosen as one of the ten Colorado artists featured!

Side Stories is an event that seamlessly connects community and culture, supports local artists, and draws visitors to a wide array of superb shops and businesses along the way. We’re beyond thrilled to participate and cannot wait to contribute to the vibrancy of this neighborhood, if even for ten nights. Come join us!

For more information, check out our artist statement (below) and visit

Studio Hippo Artist Statement

Over the past 10 years, the RiNo district has transformed from a neglected and oft forgotten industrial area to a must-visit destination in Denver. The giant wall murals, street graffiti, painted fences, and architectural details—new and old—radiate the vibrancy and spirit of this ever-evolving neighborhood. These individual expressions collectively reflect the personality of RiNo, making it like no other place in Denver.

It is the ultimate intersection of food, drink, art, architecture and collaboration.

And though we’re typically lured by the food and drink, we always linger long after, walking the streets to admire and be inspired by the artwork…and maybe to grab another beer…or two. So what really excited us about RiNo Side Stories was the opportunity to create our own graffiti/wall art and, for a few days, contribute and pay homage to the energy and life of RiNo.

Each member of our Studio Hippo herd drew inspiration from the art and architecture of Larimer and Walnut and created 2-3 animations to express their individual reflections. This series of experimentations and creative explorations is our collective “thank you” to the artists, dreamers, builders, and innovative leaders who have made RiNo the incredible place it is today.

We owe Mike Whiting our first thank you, for creating the awesome blue rhino sculpture on Broadway, which inspired our poster image for this event! Thanks, Mike!

And we owe another thank you to Mariel Rodriguez-McGill from the CO Office of Film, TV and Media for selecting us to participate in this event. Thanks, Mariel!

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