Archive for May, 2012

lines and colors and lines…and…


City Paint 6.4 – “Becoming” almost finished….

If you have been following my City Paint series for the past couple of months, and the “Becoming” series in particular, you will/might remember that I have been sharing the progress made by certain artists in creating a western mural with spray-paint.  The mural is located in the alley/parking area behind Gallenson’s Gun Shop at 166 East 200 South, in downtown Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.  To have a more complete understanding as to how the mural developed, and possibly a greater appreciation for the completed work, I would offer that you visit the earlier posts in their numerical order to witness their progress in “becoming.”  To visit the earlier posts, just click on their highlighted names…City Paint 6.1 – Becoming, City Paint 6.2 – Progress Report on “Becoming,” and City Paint 6.3 – Another progress report on “Becoming.”  If you are interested, you can also scroll to the bottom of the page and select the “Street Art – Graffiti” category to view the complete City Paint series.

I spoke with the artist today, Gerry Swanson, and am planning to meet him this coming Sunday to capture some images of the final work…stay tuned….  You can visit his website at

These last several shots are close-ups of different pieces of the mural, provided to show the finer details of the artists’ strokes (?) of applying the paint….


Morning Shower…

In Memory….


Jail Break

Empty and Full

I’ve mentioned before that the Little Cottonwood Canyon stream is empty for part of the year, as the water is diverted into collection points, sent to treatment facilities, and then included in the municipal water supplies for the greater Salt Lake City metropolitan area.  There is a time of the year, however, when the stream is allowed to run, as it contains too much water from the snow-melt to be collected in its entirety.  I rather enjoy the stark contrast in the images of the empty stream-bed and the full and rushing stream.

This photo was taken in April, 2012 before the season’s snow-melt…

And this photo was taken at the same location in July, 2011 during the height of the season’s snow-melt…

City Paint 10 – Geekbox Computers

Not too far from my home is Geekbox Computers, a gaming-computer store with a beautiful mural on the side of the building.  It has an almost surreal “2001 – Space Odyssey” feel to it.  I love the image of the woman astronaut.

I tried to locate the author at the given website, but it’s not available….

Reeds on Shoreline

Little Cottonwood Canyon Vistas



Dancing in the Dark

You might remember the original photo from my earlier post “Dandelion.”  I started playing with the image in Picasa….


City Paint 9 – Oriental Furniture

The place is obviously closed…and the mural has been created on the wood that was used to cover the store-front windows.  I was actually looking for the business next door at 50 East 300 South when I stumbled across this one.  I rather like it….

Springtime on Little Cottonwood Canyon Stream

The trail alongside the stream that runs much of the length of Little Cottonwood Canyon has become a favorite hiking destination of mine since I moved to the Salt Lake City area almost two years ago.  While there are things about the trail that I find to be less than wonderful (being able to hear the vehicle traffic that also goes up into the canyon, being a wide enough trail that allows for mountain-bikers to come flying around a corner with but a second’s notice, and being close enough to that same roadway and the nearby city so that idiots with cans of spray-paint can come out into the beautiful wild and tag the cement water-courses and picnic pavilion), there are more than enough awe-inspiring views and soul-fulfilling experiences to be had, that those detractors quickly fade into the background and become non-issues.  It is literally a 15 minute drive from my house to the trail-head that leads to this natural wonder…and I simply cannot get there often enough.

Signs of Life


Photo by my daughter, KCM.  Used with permission.

White and Yellow

City Paint 6.3 – Another progress report on “Becoming”

I can’t imagine that there’s much more work to be done in completing this mural…but then again, I’m not the artist, so I can’t fairly judge what else he/she/they might have planned.  You can click on these earlier posts’ titles to see the progress that’s been made since the beginning of the work…City Paint 6.1 – Becoming, and City Paint 6.2 – Progress Report on “Becoming,” or you can scroll to the bottom of the page and select the “Street Art – Graffiti” category to view the complete City Paint series.


Salt Lake City County Building

As the name implies, both Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County government offices are housed in this beautiful building.  I spent almost an hour and a half on an early Saturday morning walking around the building taking photos…a very pleasurable experience…not many people on the street, hardly anyone on the grounds…nice and cool with a pretty morning sun finally lighting the east side of the building.  It is located in downtown Salt Lake City on what is referred to as Washington Square, right on State Street, across from a courthouse and down the street from the Utah State Capitol.  This particular square was first used as temporary camping grounds for the newly arriving Mormon pioneers and later served as a meeting place for fairs, cattle-drives, hay-sales, and other public events.

If I remember correctly, the building was constructed over a period of three to four years back in the 1890’s and served as the state capitol for a period in the early 1900’s.  This rather gothic-looking seat of government is surrounded by beautiful trees, statuary, and fountains, as well as benches and park tables that are frequent resting places for down-town folks on their lunch-hours and some of the inner-city street denizens.  In addition, the 2011 Salt Lake City Gay Pride festivities were held/celebrated on the building’s grounds, an open testimony, despite the influence of the powerful Mormon church, of the city’s acceptance of our LGBT community.

Vintage Pipe Repair

There is a water pipe, or two of them maybe, that run(s) from two water collection points in Little Cottonwood Canyon and down into the greater Salt Lake City metropolitan area, where the water that it transports is treated and then used in the municipal water supply.  Sometimes the pipe is underground, sometimes running directly next to the stream on the bank, crossing the stream suspended by steel cables, on pylons from one creek bank to a nearby hillside where it disappears again, or somewhere else between stream and trail, tucked away among the various trees and brush that populate the wooded area on the mountain-side.  I’m not sure when the water collection points were built, but it appears to have been several decades ago.

On one of my hikes this past winter, I found a sheet of muddy ice that extended down the trail for 30 or 40 yards, until it veered off into the brush.  Continuing up the trail, I discovered that the pipe had burst and the water ran unchecked for some time.  I don’t know if the controllers at the main water collection point downstream noticed a decrease in pressure, or if a hiker notified the authorities that they had sprung a serious leak, or what, but I saw that the pipe had been repaired, and after examining it, didn’t think much more about it.  The technicians used a novel method that did not involve removing the split pipe and replacing it with another section.  It was composed of a metal band that appeared to press a rubberized material against the gash, all bolted down secure and working as designed.

So…where am I going with all of this?  A couple of weekends ago, one of my older sons and I were returning from a hike up into the canyon  and my son happened to see a large section of pipe that had been removed from the main pipeline.  It had been tossed into the brush and allowed to remain there…for what appears to have been many, many years.  The section of pipe was likely removed because of a leak that refused to remain repaired….  The failed old-school repair has provided a beautiful nursery for life….

And lastly, this is the repair from winter of 2011…quite an advance in pipe-repair technology….