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….

35 responses

  1. As much as I like the other murals for their striking interpretations, I prefer this one over them. Perhaps it’s the engineer in me.

    May 24, 2012 at 7:23 am

    • That’s interesting, Emilio…would it be for the clarity or precision of the image, or the message even?

      May 24, 2012 at 8:09 am

      • I don’t see a message.

        . . . and are you really going to make me explain myself? Studies show that when we like something it’s not because of any particular reason, but rather a combination of things we are often not even aware of. If pressed, we tend to make stuff up to justify that opinion . . .

        . . . that said, while most murals are visually striking, I look at them as I look at all paintings; colors and shapes. Content, messages, etc are secondary. Think of it as listening to a song where you don’t really listen to the lyrics, but rather the voice complementing the music to create a whole (good example I recently came across: I know the title, and hear it when they sing it, but I could not tell you anything about the rest of the lyrics or what they mean – I just enjoy the package.)

        Same for those expressive murals . . . visually pleasing, but they might as well be doodles.

        This one is more like a photograph. I tend to be more impressed with a nice photograph than I am the Mona Lisa. Real world versus artist’s vision. People like to instill all sorts of meaning to the Mona Lisa, but it’s a woman’s face. I can appreciate the method it was created (the multiple thousand of micro-strokes), the story of the artist, but the painting itself does nothing for me, in part because it is a painting.

        I’m much more impressed with this:

        Or even these:

        The reason is the connection to others through empathy, recognition of emotions, awareness of shared experiences in the world we live in.

        In contrast, I don’t know the Mona Lisa to be a “real” person.

        This particular mural combines the idea of high tech, the beauty of the face, the promise of frontiers yet undiscovered, and presents them in a photorealistic package with a choice of colors I find suitable for the subject. There is more a connection for me with this mural than, say, the mural about the cowboys and indians (visually striking as it was). In part it may be my personality, which is very much grounded in reality (at least as perceived by our limited senses).

        In other words, I don’t know why I prefer this mural over the others, but if pressed I can make up stuff with the best of them.

        May 24, 2012 at 8:36 am

        • So I asked…and in “typical” engineer fashion, you provided excellent detail with supporting information, links, and even a psychological foundation, implicating things or experiences that we’re unaware of, yes, even from our pre-verbal period, impressions, imaginings, etc.

          Thank you for your thoughts, whether made-up or real…and for the links. I will explore them at home this evening when someone isn’t paying me to do something else with my time.

          May 24, 2012 at 8:56 am

  2. Amazing, I love it!

    May 24, 2012 at 8:48 am

    • Thank you, Yvonne. 🙂

      May 24, 2012 at 9:00 am

  3. This is a great example Scott. Quite a response from Emilio. 🙂

    May 24, 2012 at 9:07 am

    • Thank you, Chillbrook…and yes, quite a response…I rather enjoy it. 🙂

      May 24, 2012 at 9:11 am

      • I think it’s brilliant! Far too much of the soundbite on the Interweb. 🙂

        May 24, 2012 at 9:14 am

        • It is a brilliant response by Emilio…so complete, so compelling, in-stride with what we/I know of him, and an excellent contribution to the post.

          May 24, 2012 at 9:39 am

          • Wow . . . now I want to meet this Emilio character. Sounds almost too good to be true. Although . . . I’d hate to be in his shoes; I wouldn’t know how to handle the praise.

            And, really, you should be pissed at him for semi-hijacking the original post! . . . although, you did ask for it.

            Seriously, thanks for the effusive praise. Now I’ll have to bow my head, look at my shoe as I scrape the ground with one foot, and say something like “Shucks; it weren’t no big thing. Just words, is all.”

            May 24, 2012 at 9:53 am

          • Nope…can’t be pissed, Emilio, as I did ask for it, welcome it, and encourage it…part of my enjoyment of being able to exchange comments in this medium. 🙂

            You’re welcome for the words, too…and thank you again for your comments and the information.

            “Just words, is all….” 🙂

            May 24, 2012 at 10:04 am

  4. That is an amazing mural and one that seems totally appropriate on the wall of a Computer shop. They would appear to go well together.

    May 24, 2012 at 2:43 pm

    • Thank you, Leanne…I thought it was appropriate there, also…and they do seem to go together very well. 🙂

      May 24, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      • Totally, it is like the artist chose to do something that would marry well with where it is. 🙂

        May 24, 2012 at 2:50 pm

  5. I like that one too, and what a great name for a computer store!

    May 24, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    • Yes, it is, Allen…kind of cool. 🙂

      May 24, 2012 at 7:01 pm

  6. Love it!!

    May 25, 2012 at 1:03 am

    • Thank you, Dreams and Zeros. 🙂

      May 25, 2012 at 6:39 am

  7. Wow, this really is amazing! I love her eyes. 🙂

    May 25, 2012 at 9:45 am

    • So do I, Eve…thank you. 🙂

      May 25, 2012 at 9:51 am

  8. I am with Emilio. I thought the same thing, but he expressed it for me. 🙂 I love this and your photograph of the woman.

    May 25, 2012 at 10:46 am

    • Thank you, George…and yes, Emilio did express it very well. There is something about the woman, too…something very provocative, somehow. 🙂

      May 25, 2012 at 11:44 am

      • May I suggest . . . she looks strong. Not as in powerful, but willful, capable, determined.

        May 25, 2012 at 11:47 am

        • Yes, indeed, Emilio…all of those things…her eyes provoke those thoughts…compell us to look inside. Thank you.

          May 25, 2012 at 11:50 am

  9. love it!!

    May 26, 2012 at 11:48 am

  10. That’s a striking mural Scott. Very ‘2001’… or ‘Alien’.

    It’s beautifully executed.

    May 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    • Thank you, Finn…I thought it was in the same realm….

      May 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm

  11. … and what I meant to add before accidentally hitting the ‘Post Comment’ button was that your photographs really do it justice too. Thanks for sharing.

    Have you ever considered compiling an album of SLC street art? You have so many really high quality examples.

    May 28, 2012 at 2:05 pm

    • Again, I appreciate your kind words, Finn…truly. And you are most welcome for sharing. 🙂

      I haven’t considered compiling an album, no…just my post category. I think there would need to be much more to make a satisfactory album. It is a nice thought, though…and thank you for your comment about my photos. 🙂

      May 28, 2012 at 2:35 pm

  12. I see what you mean about referencing 2001…… Powerful imaging especially of the female astronaut. Well captured, Scott.

    May 28, 2012 at 2:57 pm

    • Yes, there is a likeness, Andy…and I agree, there is something powerful about the woman…while at the same time almost appearing vulnerable, as well. Thank you. 🙂

      May 28, 2012 at 3:38 pm

  13. I can get you in touch with the artist – he’s a good friend of mine that did me a favor 🙂

    February 22, 2013 at 4:58 am

    • It would be nice to meet him, Adrian…thank you for stopping-by.

      February 23, 2013 at 6:30 am

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