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Look up for art

Sunday, November 5, 2006 | 12:00 a.m. CST; updated 6:12 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 17, 2008

Behind the colorful awnings and elegant window displays of the shops and restaurants in downtown Columbia, more subtle beauty can be found. A collection of colors, shapes and textures in the narrow alleys come together to form an urban gallery. A tangled web of electrical wires, an endless grid of reflective metal stairs, a collage of stickers representing the rainbow and a green velvety mold on the surface of a drain pipe, are just a few of the things that make the alleys a display of art. All you have to do is look up.

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Green mold grows up a pipe in the alley behind Gotcha on Tenth Street.


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