DENVER — If you live in the Denver area, chances are you’ve seen Koko Bayer’s work around town. Her giant hearts have been popping up all over since April - right after the COVID-19 pandemic hit.
“The work that I was putting up around town at that time didn’t really feel right for this crazy moment in time we were having,” says Bayer, “so I wanted to create a print that would help people feel a little bit better.”
Project Spread Hope was born. Bayer’s original heart-shaped design features her signature colors, a scheme she calls "pink lemonade," and “hope” written boldly across the center. Bayer began wheat pasting the hearts throughout the city, using her Instagram to gain momentum.