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Every two years, the mural at Elk Camp restaurant, part of the Aspen Skiing Company/Aspen Art Museum Art in Unexpected Places program, gets a redo. For the most recent incarnation, Los Angeles–based painter Sarah Cain has created one of her playful multimedia installations in the dedicated space along the far wall of the dining area.

Used to creating her large-scale works outside, and drawing on a healthy dose of spontaneity during the process, Cain says one of the biggest challenges here “was not messing up the carpet.”

One constant in her pieces over the past nine years: a painted dollar bill she hangs in the work. (Look for it at Elk Camp.) As for this piece’s unconventional location, Cain is unfazed at the possibilities. Plenty of her work has been defaced, she says, particularly the outdoor murals in LA neighborhoods. Now, she realizes, “It might have ketchup and mustard squirted on it, and I have to be OK with that.” 

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