It may be fall, but there’s something beautiful blooming at the FirstBank Old Town Fort Collins location. FirstBank just unveiled a new outdoor mural called “Lolli-poppies” painted by renowned local artist Gale Whitman.

Go through the bank’s drive-thru or pull into a parking spot, and you’ll see this amazing 4,000-square-foot mural with stylized mountains, foothills, trees and a row of oversized poppies – an iconic Colorado scene to welcome customers and brighten the Old Town shopping district.

Three years ago, when FirstBank moved into the space at 100 S. College Ave., Dawn Davis, president of the north for FirstBank, says she envisioned a colorful, mid-century modern mural to reflect the building’s 1960s architecture and celebrate the Front Range. The idea is now reality, and the story of the mural paints a vivid picture of FirstBank’s commitment to the local culture and communities where our employees serve customers, work and live.

Dawn approached Gale earlier this year about designing a mural. Gale, a longtime Fort Collins resident, was a natural choice for the commissioned project. Since 2010, she’s painted numerous murals for the City of Fort Collins Art in Public Places program, including “Pianos About Town” and the “Transformer Cabinet Mural Project.” Gale also owns an art studio in Fort Collins.

Nicole Staudinger, who attended school in Fort Collins and is president of the northern Colorado market for FirstBank, partnered with Gale on the design concept and brought it to life as a tribute to the community and Old Town beautification efforts.

If you don’t live in the Fort Collins area but want to see “Lolli-poppies” for yourself, watch this incredible time-lapse video that captures the four-week artistic process.

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