December 8, 2019
The W Hotel’s lobby area features a mural with iconic Aspen imagery.
From DJ booths in select suites to graffiti on walls throughout the property, the W Aspen’s aesthetic is unlike anything else in town. 550 Spring St., marriott.com
Artist duo Yok & Sheryo, originally from Australia and Singapore, spray-paint large-scale installations, like the wall-to-wall mural they created in FIT, the W’s workout center. From the treadmill, scope a snowboarding hot dog, broken martini glass and “Shred or Die” tag.
Gaia has taken his art from the streets to museum white walls. The Baltimore native has works in international museums and was named a Forbes 30 Under 30 in arts and style. In Aspen, he was given a blank canvas in the property’s lobby, rooftop, stairwells and elevator lobbies. Channeling 19th century landscape painter Albert Bierstadt, Gaia juxtaposes the natural topography with Aspen icons: Walter Paepcke; Hunter S. Thompson; a cellphone, Starbucks-toting hipster; a (real) cougar; and a silver queen.
Miami-based musician and illustrator Gabriel Alcala created the back bar in subterranean 39 Degrees. The town’s legendary nightlife is put on a pedestal here (and emboldened dancers can actually get on the banquettes to dance), and the era of Bohemian excess is depicted through Alcala’s pop-art eyes.
Denver artist Spencer McCarty has 10 colorful murals throughout the W that combine his at-home-in-the-mountains inspiration and his signature depiction of women in different forms.
Photography by: Courtesy of W Hotels