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Inmates, Pueblo street artist create massive mural for Museum of Colorado Prisons in Cañon City – The Denver Post

Pueblo artist Mat Taylor, also known as Matte Refic, works on a portion of the mural, 'Dusk to Dawn,' created in conjunction with offenders from the Federal Prison Camp in Florence, at the Museum of Colorado Prisons on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

Carie Canterbury, Daily Record

Pueblo artist Mat Taylor, also known as Matte Refic, works on a portion of the mural, ‘Dusk to Dawn,’ created in conjunction with offenders from the Federal Prison Camp in Florence, at the Museum of Colorado Prisons on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017.

A new mural inside the Museum of Colorado Prisons represents the meaning of incarceration through the eyes of the offenders who created it.

Seven offenders from the minimum-security Federal Prison Camp in Florence completed three panels that depict their journey “from darkness to light.” It was painted as a project of the prison camp’s Creative Arts Platform in collaboration with Pueblo artist Mat Taylor and the museum.

The first panel depicts a dark, heavy cloud bearing down on a chain gang, representing the early days of an offender’s incarceration. The next section represents education, religion and the art program, followed by a depiction of an offender “breaking free” and being reunited with his children and family. The final panel features flowers, butterflies and sprigs of new life, representing freedom.

When asked which section of the mural spoke most strongly to them, the men all said the panel with a child running into the father’s arms. (The men were prohibited from being photographed or being named in this article.)

“I’ve been gone since 2008; I’ve been down a long time,” he said. “I see that vision almost every day — every single day I see that vision right there — to see that is almost a dream come true.”

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