Lots to cel­e­brate in Aspen, Colo.

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He pro­duced the first travel posters for Aspen (his aspen leaf de­sign re­mains the town sym­bol), made pub­lic art, ren­o­vated land­marks like the Wheeler Opera House and the Ho­tel Jerome and talked a few towns­peo­ple into paint­ing their houses bright col­ors.

“He must have been a very per­sua­sive man be­cause he con­vinced the owner to paint her house pink,” said Ann Mullins, an Aspen coun­cil­woman and cur­rent owner of that pink house.

His work at the Aspen In­sti­tute in­cluded de­sign­ing per­haps the coun­try’s first art ho­tel, Aspen Mead­ows. Re­cently ren­o­vated, the 98-room ho­tel in­cludes a glass-wrapped restau­rant with panoramic views of the sur­round­ing moun­tains and orig­i­nal Bayer works on the back walls.

“So much of Her­bert Bayer’s pres­ence in Aspen is about Aspen and be­ing hum­bled by and present in na­ture,” said Lissa Ballinger, the art cu­ra­tor at the Aspen In­sti­tute who guides tours to Bayer’s earth­works, sculp­tures and ar­chi­tec­ture, as well as sev­eral gal­leries fea­tur­ing his twodi­men­sional prints, tex­tiles, pho­to­graphs and ad­ver­tise­ments. “Many of his ex­te­ri­ors were sim­ple be­cause he didn’t want to dis­tract from the moun­tains.”

In ad­di­tion to his­toric pub crawls and his­tory-fo­cused ski tours, the Aspen His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety also of­fers town tours in an elec­tric coach that in­clude Aspen’s Bauhaus roots. Be­fore you leave the his­tory mu­seum, catch “Bayer & Bauhaus: How De­sign Shaped Aspen” to see Bayer’s work in many medi­ums, in­clud­ing his early tourism posters (through spring 2020).

Snow­mass builds a vil­lage

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