City Paint 3 – 2012…The End??

This one is almost too much…from the side of the Korner Market…350 S. State Street, downtown Salt Lake City….  The first two photos are the left and right sides of the huge mural, and the following six shots are close-ups of the more significant parts…certainly thought-provoking, in addition to being an amazing work of art.

I was so taken with my “discovery” of the mural that I had forgotten to get the name of the business and exact address…so I had to make a return trip to collect that info.  When I went back, I found that the bottom half of the mural had been blackened-out…covered…in only four or five days from when I shot these photos.  I went into the store to see who I might find who could explain what was going on with the mural.  I found a young man behind the counter, Oz, who told me that the whole mural is covered and replaced every year…has been for the last four or five years now.  Each time they have it replaced, the graffiti artist Kier re-paints the whole thing…with spray cans of paint.  The murals usually contain a message…ideas submitted by store customers, neighboring businesses, the Korner Market owners, and Kier himself.  The subject matter for the present mural is 2012…with the intertwined concerns of the Maya prediction about the ending of life as we know it, politics, UFOs, and society in general.  You’ll notice the three-headed image of Greenspan, Obama, and Bush…alien experimentation…and frightened masses.

Oz told me that I should return to the mural in another two or three weeks…said Kier usually takes a couple of weeks to complete everything.  He also said that he and Kier were just going over drawings for the next mural…and that it is going to be even bigger and better than this one…grander in scale.

31 responses

  1. What an awesome piece of work. Nice to have the back story too, and the name of the Artist. Thanks for bringing this to the ‘blogosphere’. It deserves the publicity.

    April 1, 2012 at 10:04 am

    • I thought it was awesome, too, Andy. You’re welcome for the back-story and artist’s info. I will definitely be visiting again over the next couple weeks…. I hope to capture the new work in progress. Thank you. 🙂

      April 1, 2012 at 10:11 am

  2. Amazing Mural. I’ll be looking forward to your coming posts on the work in progress. Thank you for posting Scott. 🙂

    April 1, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    • Truly amazing, Chillbrook…I’m anxious to see the work in progress, as well. You are welcome…thank you for your visits and comments. 🙂

      April 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm

  3. Can’t wait to see what’s coming…

    April 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    • It’s hard to imagine what might be bigger and better than this one, Lois. I can’t wait either. 🙂

      April 1, 2012 at 1:12 pm

  4. Wow that is fantastic. It is great when people provide opportunities for the graffiti artists. I can’t wait for you to go back and photograph it again. It’s good that you could remember where it was when you had to return, or we may never have known that it gets redone all the time. Great post.

    April 1, 2012 at 3:45 pm

    • I agree, it is wonderful when businesses provide the street artists the chance to share their talents in such an approved and public forum. And yes, I’m glad it was so close and that I could find it easily and learn about its history and future. Stay tuned…! 🙂

      April 1, 2012 at 4:29 pm

  5. Amazing is all I can think of to say-truly amazing.

    April 1, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    • I agree with you, Allen…thank you. 🙂

      April 1, 2012 at 5:21 pm

  6. Spectacular! Will keep my eye out for more!

    April 2, 2012 at 7:06 am

    • Thank you, Madhu. 🙂

      April 2, 2012 at 7:08 am

  7. Hello Scott, to use bit of UK idiom, I’m gobsmacked! The man Kier has talent in spades, Utah’s answer to Banksy.

    I guess the first thing that comes to mind when I think of Salt Lake City is the religious reputation it has, I would never have thought of graffiti in the form of apocalytic modern art. This is a really great post, thanks for sharing, and as LensScaper said, it really deserves the publicity.

    April 2, 2012 at 8:02 am

    • Hello Finn…. Wow…gobsmacked?! That is the second time I’ve seen that term in the last year or so…how interesting…and complete! I have heard/read about your Banksy…so I imagine that it’s a bit of a compliment to say that Kier is a similar cut. I do rather enjoy his work.

      I would agree with you about the religious reputation of Salt Lake City…and I would suggest that the reputation is probably still pretty accurate. From what I have heard and learned in my year and a half of living here, the Salt Lake area is really rather progressive…supposedly the Mormon adherents only make up about 45 to 55% of the population…the rest of us being Gentiles of other faiths, unrepentant sinners and/or homosexuals, or simply non-believing tree-hugger types!! Amazingly, Salt Lake was voted one of the most “gay friendly” cities in the country a few months ago…a striking contrast to the message of the LDS church that these individuals are still wrong-thinking and need to pray a little harder so they can straighten out, so to speak. 🙂 I’m told that the farther one travels from metropolitan Salt Lake, the denser and stronger the Mormon population becomes.

      So yes, while it appears odd to find such a topic for the modern-art/graffiti that has been commissioned to appear on SLC’s downtown city walls, I think it represents a bit of the progressive mindset of so many of the people who come here to enjoy the out of doors and not get so hung-up on the theocratic politics that still run strongly in many circles here in the valley.

      Thank you for your nice words about the post…I hope to have a fresh installment from this location in a couple weeks.

      April 2, 2012 at 1:48 pm

  8. Thank you! You have enlightened me once again!

    April 2, 2012 at 12:39 pm

    • You are most welcome, Bonnie…and thank you, too. 🙂

      April 2, 2012 at 1:36 pm

  9. What in incredible artist! Thanks for sharing this post and this work. The details are amazing, and I agree – what will “bigger and better” look like????

    April 3, 2012 at 2:24 am

    • Rather stunning, Erica…and you’re welcome. Can’t wait for the next one.

      April 3, 2012 at 6:22 am

  10. It’s a shame to paint over this Mural. I hope when they do, President Ron Paul’s face will be the center of attention! Now that, would be a dream mural in my eyes.

    April 3, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    • I do agree that it is a shame to paint over the mural, Marcy, given the beautiful artistry…but they’re going to be replacing it with something that is supposed to be more spectacular…and it’s supposed to be completed this next month…which is a little too soon for the voting results to reflect the hoped-for content of your dream mural…. 🙂

      April 3, 2012 at 7:34 pm

  11. That is really an awesome mural! My blog features a lot of the many murals we have in downtown Phoenix so I always am interested to see other colorful cities.

    April 3, 2012 at 11:19 pm

    • It is awesome, Candace, thank you. And I shall have to go visiting to see your mural shots from Phoenix. Thank you for the info….

      April 4, 2012 at 6:42 am

  12. Fantastic! Thanks for posting these. Brings some “oomph” to the boring grey city scape!

    April 5, 2012 at 8:56 am

    • You’re welcome, Dreams and Zeros….and thank you, too. 🙂 And yes, they do rather bring a bit of “oomph” to the boring grey city-scape…indeed!

      April 5, 2012 at 7:25 pm

  13. A truly amazing artist. Thanks for shariing the info behind it all. It makes the story and art work all the more meaningful, Scott.

    I’m always amazed that I can photograph a unique piece of Street Art here in Melbourne and a week or two later someone has painted over it.

    April 7, 2012 at 1:11 am

    • You are very welcome for sharing the art and the info behind it, Victoria…and yes, it is amazing how it can be gone or changed so quickly. Thank you. 🙂

      April 7, 2012 at 12:42 pm

  14. Incredible!

    April 22, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    • I think so, too…thank you, Ginny. 🙂

      April 22, 2012 at 4:46 pm

  15. kier did not paint this alone, the whole alien section and most of the people on the bottom right were painted by chew. space and other strange stuff painted by guts.

    I hate to see kier getting credit for others work.

    April 11, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    • Hey 50K…did not know who else contributed to the mural…I spoke with the folks inside the Korner Market and they mentioned Kier…if I had known of you others, I would certainly have given credit. I have seen other signatures, but can’t often read the names…nothing intentional…sorry about that.

      April 11, 2013 at 6:37 pm

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