A Cut Above
Gelato 41, Malibu Mirage, Peach Crescendo #2, Sour Diesel, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies
ANNA
Durban Kush #8, El Chivo #4, Sour Diesel, White 99
Best High
Veritas Cookies
Blue Heron
Cherry Punch, El Chivo #4, FUN, Forza Sans Souci #4, Grape Gasoline S1, Malibu Mirage, Super Lemon G, Veritas Cookies
Buku Loud
RUN, Sour Diesel
Canna Cabinet
Big Bubba Diesel, El Chivo #4, Gelato 41, Grape Gasoline S1, Macchiato Haze #8, Malibu Mirage, Peach Crescendo #2, RUN, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Super Lemon G, The Sauce
Cannabicare
El Chivo #4, White 99
Cherry Peak
Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Cake Pop, Cherry Punch, El Chivo #4, FUN, Forza Sans Souci #4, Gastro Pop #4, Gelato 41, Grape Gasoline S1, MIL, Malibu Mirage, Miracle Alien Cookies, Peach Crescendo #2, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Strawberry Shortcake, Sueno, Sunset Drive, Super Lemon G, Triangle OG, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies, White 99
Colorado Harvest Company
Bananaghani, Black Amber, Cereal Barz, Cherry Punch, Colorado Cutthroat, Durban Kush #8, El Chivo #4, Frozen Dessert, Gastro Pop #4, Gelato 41, Grape Gasoline S1, Grape OZ, Lucky Charms, Macchiato Haze #8, Miracle Alien Cookies, RUN, Sour Diesel, Space Gello, Super Lemon G, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies
Emerald Fields
Big Bubba Diesel, Cereal Barz, Miracle Alien Cookies
Euflora
Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Malibu Mirage
Green Dragon
Bananaghani, Black Amber, Lucky Charms, Macchiato Haze #8, Malibu Mirage, Miracle Alien Cookies, RUN, Sherb Crasher, Space Gello, The Sauce, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Green World
Cherry Punch, Forza Sans Souci #4, Grape Gasoline S1, Super Lemon G
HERBS 4 YOU
Unicorn Poop
Herbal Healing
Big Bubba Diesel, Cake Pop, Forza Sans Souci #4, Gastro Pop #4, Miracle Alien Cookies, Sour Diesel, Triangle OG, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies
Higher Grade
Cherry Punch, El Chivo #4, Forza Sans Souci #4, Grape Gasoline S1, Super Lemon G, White 99
Kika Kush
Bananaghani, Gelato 41, Sherb Crasher, Veritas Cookies
Kind Meds
Big Bubba Diesel, Malibu Mirage, Veritas Cookies
Livgreen
Cherry Punch, Durban Kush #8, El Chivo #4, FUN, Forza Sans Souci #4, Grape Gasoline S1, Miracle Alien Cookies, RUN, Sherb Crasher, Slurricane, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Super Lemon G, Super Sour Lemon, Triangle OG, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher, White 99
Magnolia Rd
Bananaghani, Cake Pop, El Chivo #4, Forza Sans Souci #4, Gastro Pop #4, MIL, Muffinz Breath #1, OZ Kush, Slurricane, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Super Sour Lemon, White 99
Magnolia Rd
Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Cake Pop, Cherry Punch, Durban Kush #8, El Chivo #4, FUN, Forza Sans Souci #4, Gastro Pop #4, Gelato 41, Grape Gasoline S1, Lava Breath #2, MIL, Malibu Mirage, Miracle Alien Cookies, Muffinz Breath #1, OZ Kush, Sherb Crasher, Slurricane, Strawberries N Cream, Sueno, Super Lemon G, Super Sour Lemon, Triangle OG, Veritas Cookies, WRZ, White 99, Yuk Mouth
Native Roots
Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Black Amber, Cake Pop, Cereal Barz, Cookies N Cream, Durban Kush #8, El Chivo #4, FUN, Forza Sans Souci #4, Frozen Dessert, Gastro Pop #4, Gelato 41, Grape Gasoline S1, Lava Breath #2, Malibu Mirage, Miracle Alien Cookies, OZ Kush, Peach Crescendo #2, Peking Duck #6, Sherb Crasher, Sour Diesel, Super Lemon G, Triangle OG, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher, White 99
RiNo Supply
Cereal Barz, Colorado Cutthroat, Forza Sans Souci #4, Grape Gasoline S1, Miracle Alien Cookies, Wedding Crasher
Ripple
Macchiato Haze #8, RUN, Space Gello, Veritas Cookies
Rocky Mountain Cannabis
Big Bubba Diesel, Malibu Mirage
Rocky Mountain Cannabis
Forza Sans Souci #4, Grape Gasoline S1, Super Lemon G
Rocky Road
Cherry Punch, El Chivo #4, Grape Gasoline S1, Strawberries N Cream, Super Lemon G, White 99
Rocky Road Remedies
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Punch, FUN, Super Lemon G
Roots RX
Peking Duck #6, Pineapple Blast, Unicorn Poop
Roots Rx
Bananaghani, Durban Kush #8, Miracle Alien Cookies, Pineapple Blast, Sherb Crasher, Sour Rado, Space Gello, Unicorn Poop
SMOKEY'S
Big Bubba Diesel, Cereal Barz, Miracle Alien Cookies
Skunked
Cherry Punch, FUN, Forza Sans Souci #4, Grape Gasoline S1, Super Lemon G
Smokey's
Cereal Barz, Colorado Cutthroat, Durban Kush #8, Super Sour Lemon, WRZ, Yuk Mouth
Solace Meds
Bananaghani, Sherb Crasher, Space Gello
Space Station
Big Bubba Diesel, Miracle Alien Cookies
Standing Akimbo
Apple Fritter, Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Black Amber, Cereal Barz, Cookies N Cream, FUN, Frozen Dessert, Lava Breath #2, MIL, Miracle Alien Cookies, Muffinz Breath #1, OZ Kush, Peach Crescendo #2, Peking Duck #6, Pineapple Blast, RUN, Sherb Crasher, Sour Rado, Strawberries N Cream, Super Lemon G, Super Sour Lemon, Triangle OG, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies, Wedding Crasher
TGS
Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Cereal Barz, Cherry Punch, Durban Kush #8, El Chivo #4, Forza Sans Souci #4, Frozen Dessert, Gastro Pop #4, Grape Gasoline S1, Grape OZ, Malibu Mirage, Muffinz Breath #1, OZ Kush, Peking Duck #6, Pineapple Blast, Sherb Crasher, Sour Diesel, Sour Rado, Super Lemon G, Super Sour Lemon, Unicorn Poop, Veritas Cookies, WOF, Wedding Crasher, White 99, Yuk Mouth
THE GREEN SOLUTION
Cherry Punch, Forza Sans Souci #4, Grape Gasoline S1, Super Lemon G
The 404 Dispensary
Bananaghani, Cake Pop, El Chivo #4, Forza Sans Souci #4, Malibu Mirage, Muffinz Breath #1, White 99
The 64 Store
Cherry Punch, El Chivo #4, Grape Gasoline S1, Super Lemon G, White 99
The Dispo
Big Bubba Diesel, Cherry Punch, Durban Kush #8, El Chivo #4, FUN, Forza Sans Souci #4, Frozen Dessert, Grape Gasoline S1, Miracle Alien Cookies, OZ Kush, Pineapple Blast, Sour Diesel, Super Lemon G, Super Sour Lemon, Triangle OG, White 99
The Happy Camper
Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, El Chivo #4, Grape Gasoline S1, Malibu Mirage, Peach Crescendo #2, Sour Diesel, Super Lemon G, Triangle OG, Veritas Cookies, White 99
Third Day Apothecary
Cherry Punch, Super Lemon G
Tumbleweed
Bananaghani, Big Bubba Diesel, Sour Diesel
1136 Yuma
Grape Gasoline S1, Miracle Alien Cookies

June 30, 2023

Dream Team of Artists Turned a Dispensary Into the Meow Wolf of Marijuana

THOMAS MITCHELL JUNE 29, 2023 10:41AM

Spark Dispensary enlisted over twenty artists to work on the new store, including Birdcap, who painted part of the west wall.

Spark Dispensary enlisted over twenty artists to work on the new store, including Birdcap, who painted part of the west wall. Thomas Mitchell

Ruben Cabrera, better known by his artist moniker of Rubezilla, has painted murals for nearly twenty dispensaries around Colorado. It's fun, steady work, Cabrera says, and the store walls provide him with large canvases.

When Spark Dispensary decided to upgrade its retail space and move next door into 4799 Colorado Boulevard, general manager Dan Holom thought Cabrera was a natural choice to work on the new store. The Denver artist was interested, but thought he saw an opportunity to do more than a mural.

What the two parties eventually settled on was a playground for Denver's art space that stretches from the inside of the dispensary to the area around it.

Locally and nationally renowned street artists like NychosChris HavenDetour, Birdcap, Shane Huss, Casey Kawaguchi, Hiero Veiga and Marissa Napoletano are just some of the people whom Cabrera persuaded to paint on Spark's walls, rooftop and awnings. Cabrera didn't stop there, though. He also convinced SMiLE to create animal-focused stencil art and got painted vases for the interior from Joshua Genius, as well as collages from art duo Grantedly Cordial and indoor graphic projections from Actualize Visuals. And, of course, Rubezilla's work is represented, too.

RELATED STORIES

300-style collaboration from Spark artists. 

Thomas Mitchell

"The paint days just turned into sessions. It really turned into a collaboration of Denver's art scene," Cabrera says. "The goal here was turning this place into an art museum. These are more than regular murals, though. These are AR-activated."

Paintings on Spark's outdoor walls and several indoor installations have QR codes and marked spots where visitors should stand to look at augmented-reality versions of the artists' work, which can involve anything from changing colors and patterns to new details and characteristics on murals. Artist collaborations are easy to find throughout the property, including a long retaining wall that echoes the Spartan movie 300.

SMiLE's stencils and animal art can be found outside, on the west side of the building. 

Thomas Mitchell

Upon walking into the dispensary, customers see an oil painting on the ceiling by Chelsea Lewinsky — "we wanted to make it like the Sistine Chapel, and she nailed it," Cabrera says — as well as a "virtual-reality corner" for selfies and photos, an old gutted Macintosh computer filled with a Lego diorama, and a history of cannabis laws in the United States on the wall under a customer-service desk.

"There's street art, there's fine art, and there's a lot of other stuff. These are all artists I've followed and been inspired by during my career," he continues. "Their response was great, too. For people who didn't get their own wall, we kind of just left it up to them and the homies."

A LEGO diorama is just one of several indoor art instillations. 

Thomas Mitchell

Spark co-owner Joseph Gira was excited to create a Meow Wolf-like marijuana store, but paying a fair rate for so many artists — some of whom rarely exhibit their work, according to Cabrera — took a decent amount of money. To help foot the bill, Holom and Spark connected Cabrera and the artists with Colorado cannabis brands like 710 Labs, Artsy and Veritas Fine Cannabis, which sponsored various pieces around the dispensary.

"We've done murals before, but we wanted to do something different. The best part is, you don't have to be 21 to see a lot of the work that is outside of the dispensary," says Spark marketing consultant Robert Folse, who helped coordinate the installations and buildout.

On top of being a "summer camp for artists" and giving him an excuse to watch 300 again, Cabrera hopes the dispensary's installations will help sell artists' merchandise. The store has retail space set aside for T-shirts and other gear made by Spark creators, and he and Folse plan to have live-painting sessions at the store.

Although most of the art at Spark was completed in April, it's only "about 80 percent done," Cabrera says, and updates are always a possibility.

Find a video tour of Spark Dispensary below.
https://www.instagram.com/reel/Cs6gkRLAoqP/embed/captioned/?cr=1&v=14&wp=758&rd=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.westword.com&rp=%2Fmarijuana%2Fdenver-artists-turned-spark-dispensary-into-the-meow-wolf-of-marijuana-17088065#%7B%22ci%22%3A0%2C%22os%22%3A1010.5%2C%22ls%22%3A95.60000000149012%2C%22le%22%3A875.5%7D

KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.

Make a one-time donation today for as little as $1.

THOMAS MITCHELL has written about all things cannabis for Westword since 2014, covering sports, real estate and general news along the way for publications such as the Arizona Republic, Inman and Fox Sports. He's currently the cannabis editor for westword.com.

CONTACT: Thomas Mitchell

FOLLOW:

Facebook: thomasmitchelljourno

Instagram: @tompettie

Donate to Last Prisoner Project

$