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Pete Apicella aka PiMo

PiMo has been living a creative life in Moab for over 30 years, painting landscapes, DJing, curating themed events, and acting as the 2010 Community Arts in the Parks for Arches and Canyonlands.

Finding and transforming abandoned debris into things of beauty and wonder serves as a redemptive pathway, both for the object and the self. Redesigning construction waste into urban art pieces is one way he respects the planet's limited resources, while honoring the labors of workers who toiled to fabricate and transport these pieces into our desert oasis. PiMo's goal is to improve community by turning overlooked, monotonous, public surfaces into art canvases.

Residency Work

In PiMo's world, making things by hand is an antidote to the regimentation and redundancy of a mechanized and increasingly impersonal world. Finding trash and other abandoned objects then transforming them into things of beauty and wonder serves a redemptive pathway. He believes that turning overlooked monotonous surfaces into art canvases is a way of reclaiming our public viewshed and builds community. Redesigning construction waste into urban art redeems the forgotten efforts of working humans, and shows that their labors were not in vain. Transmuting the wooden bones of once majestic trees and the metallic shards delved from the ripped guts of the earth into tasty art nuggets offer small peace tokens to counteract the ecocide of the planet. Transmuting rectangles into diagonals and circles is an act of geometric liberation.

For PiMo, putting cool stuff in cool places with cool people in a cool town is cool.


Pete first came to Moab in the early 90s and has been living a creative life ever since. He has spent time DJing at KZMU Community Radio, helping curate themed events in town, and painting landscapes as the 2010 Community Artist for Arches and Canyonlands. As an ecologist, he sees adding quality design to our civic realm as an aspect of habitat enrichment. Living in a tiny house forced him to pursue public space as a canvas, branching out into posters, murals, printed cartoons, and renegade street art. Making public art has a "populist group sharing" that gives PiMo a slightly more "serve the people" manifesto.  PiMo tends to keep his work original, fun, and funny while putting out a good visual, whether high or low brow. When not working on art projects, Pete waits tables, drives shuttles, or guides. He says doing whatever it takes to make it happen sometimes means keeping a humbling foot in both worlds. 

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