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Hillery Powers
Murals by Hillery Powers seen at Gusto, Denver - Rocky Mountain National Park Topographic Mural
Image credit: Photos by Hillery Powers

Rocky Mountain National Park Topographic Mural

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I was hired by Gusto to liven up one of their Denver offices. With low ceilings and limited natural light, the goal was to keep the design simple and low-color, while still adding visual interest to the space.

If there's one thing Coloradoans love, it's discussing the elevations of things. And mountains. And Rocky Mountain National Park. Ok that's 3 things—but seriously, people in this state love to know how high up they are (14ers, 13ers, the Mile High City—to name a few examples).

Since moving from the flat lands of Florida to this very not-flat place, I too have a fascination with elevation (and love drawing maps), so I set to work downloading dozens of USGS topographic map quadrants and stitching them together. I chose sections of the Colorado River and surrounding topography that would fit well along these long, narrow walls. I focused on the shape of the Colorado, the elevation lines at every 1,000', natural features, and cities and towns along the river.

The result was a mural that looks pretty simple, but took dozens of hours of homework gathering the complex mapping data and simplifying it. I did the same for the front feature wall—but zoomed out to show the entirety of Rocky Mountain National Park and its lakes. The Colorado River gets its start in RMNP, so I labeled that near the Continental Divide. I also added in the park's only 14er (Longs Peak) and highlighted the 5 in-park campgrounds.

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Hillery Powers

Meet the Creator

Vibrant hand lettered murals and maps

I'm an independent hand lettering artist based in Denver (but I travel often!)

I specialize in painting large-scale, vibrant words across walls. I love to feature favorite local spots in the form of hand-drawn maps and names of places.

I'm available for freelance projects like murals, photo booth backdrops, and signage.