City Paint 13 – Urban Jungle Mural

Six months after I posted City Paint 5.1 – Ironclad Tattoo Re-do, the artist, Shae Petersen (AKA: FiftyK), happened to stumble across my blog and commented on the photos.  He also informed me that he had just completed another mural…and invited me to stop-by for a visit.

Urban Jungle Mural Panorama

I hope you’ll forgive the bit of sun-flare in the first three photos.  I managed to find someone nearby who allowed me into the fenced and locked property at almost noon on a mid-week day…so I couldn’t be choosy with the shooting arrangements…full sun overhead…shadows near the mural…anyway…I hope you’ll enjoy the images despite their flaws….

Urban Jungle Mural Leaping Tiger

Shae told me that he had been commissioned by the Utah Arts Alliance to paint the Urban Jungle mural.

Urban Jungle Mural Iguana by Lake

He said that it will be the backdrop feature for a new urban-art garden that will be constructed in the empty lot that is immediately in front of the mural.  The painting is actually on a reception center building located at 615 West 100 South in Salt Lake City.

Urban Jungle Mural Primates by Buildings

When I asked him about the theme and how much liberty he and Chew had in creating the mural, he said that they were essentially told to use their discretion and make it however they wanted to.

Urban Jungle Mural leaping tiger close-up

Shae told me that he and another artist, Chew, the owner of Mark’s Ark combined their talents to create the mural that they have named “Urban Jungle.”

Urban Jungle Mural Mark's Ark underwater

He also told me that Chew had worked on other murals that you may have seen here on my blog… City Paint 1 – 5 Monkeys Bar and City Paint 3 – 2012 – The End?, as well as the recently posted City Paint 12.2 – 2020…Perfect Vision, and the Ironclad Tattoo mural that I mentioned above.

Urban Jungle Mural Iguana close-up

Urban Jungle Mural contemplative gorilla

Urban Jungle Mural helicopter city-scape

He said the urban jungle theme just struck them as appropriate…the animals don’t really have any significance in their selection or appearance…just seemed that they belonged there.

Urban Jungle Mural primates and buildings

Urban Jungle Mural standing gorilla

Urban Jungle Mural posturing juvenile gorilla

The mural is 127 feet in length and took the artists about two weeks to complete…for a cost of $1500.00….

Urban Jungle Mural elephant in the city

You can follow this link to view more of Shae’s work.

Urban Jungle Mural FiftyK.Net signature

Thank you for spending a bit of your day with me.  I hope you enjoyed the fantastically colored and skillfully rendered mural as much as I did.  If you’d like to view more of the City Paint Series, as well as other tidbits of street art and graffiti that I’ve found in the Salt Lake City area, you can scroll to the bottom of the page, find the “Categories” widget, and then click on “Street Art – Graffiti.”


36 responses

  1. Astounding work…thank you so much for bringing it to light for us!

    May 14, 2013 at 8:09 am

  2. victoriaaphotographyictoria

    Wow, their work is stunning, Scott. I thought the payment of $1500 was a bit low for a work that extensive though. I bet the they’d have to pay a lot more for an indoor mural or painting from an artist.

    May 14, 2013 at 8:24 am

    • Hello, Victoria…and yes, it is stunning work…. They weren’t paid $1500…that is what the paint cost.

      May 14, 2013 at 9:45 am

  3. Interesting work. It gives the impression that it’s an illustration of some tale…

    May 14, 2013 at 8:31 am

    • It does have that feel, Shimon…maybe it was the Muse working through the artists….?

      May 25, 2013 at 7:52 am

  4. I love urban art! Thanks for telling the story of how it came to be. You’ve done a good job n depicting it the art from different angles and with closeup details, which gives each photo a competely different fell. The urban garden conceptis wonderful too. great post!

    May 14, 2013 at 8:31 am

    • Thanks for the nice words, Bruce…and I’m rather fond of the urban art, as well. 🙂

      May 25, 2013 at 7:53 am

  5. Nut Balls

    That is absolutely incredible!! 🙂 I mean, really incredible!!

    May 14, 2013 at 9:34 am

    • Yes, it is, Nathan…rather incredible.

      May 25, 2013 at 7:53 am

  6. This is another fantastic mural. The giraffe looks like he found someone’s stash but I wouldn’t change a thing. These guys are excellent and should be making a lot of money.

    May 14, 2013 at 10:34 am

    • Yes, the giraffe does look kind of relaxed and happy, doesn’t he? I agree, too…these artists are excellent and should get paid nicely for their work…but I’m not sure if they do. I think this is a situation where they just get the opportunity to showcase their work……

      May 25, 2013 at 8:02 am

  7. . . . very nice mural nicely captured . . .

    May 14, 2013 at 12:40 pm

  8. An amazing piece of work very well photographed. Astonishing detail and so well executed.

    May 14, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    • I’m glad you enjoyed it, Andy…and thank you for the nice words.

      May 25, 2013 at 8:02 am

  9. How beautifully you captured this! Magnificent artwork!

    May 14, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    • Truly magnificent, Susan…and thank you. 🙂

      May 25, 2013 at 8:03 am

  10. Great urban art, Scott…thanks for sharing.

    May 14, 2013 at 8:42 pm

    • It sure is, Kerry…and you’re most welcome…it’s a pleasure to do so.

      May 25, 2013 at 8:04 am

  11. In a single word…. WOW!!!

    May 14, 2013 at 10:11 pm

    • Very much so, Gunta!

      May 25, 2013 at 8:04 am

  12. That’s quite a mural Scott. Amazing

    May 14, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    • It sure is, Adrian…the artists did a fantastic job of it.

      May 25, 2013 at 8:04 am

  13. Wow, I think the rest of us would baulk at trying something on that scale…..even if we had the skill. Thanks for the photos and the background info, Scott.

    May 15, 2013 at 4:44 am

    • I agree with you, John…it was quite an undertaking…. And you’re welcome for sharing the images and the info…it’s nice when we can have more of the story behind the work.

      May 25, 2013 at 8:07 am

  14. WOW!!!

    May 15, 2013 at 7:53 am

    • Very much so, Robyn!

      May 25, 2013 at 8:08 am

  15. Wow!

    May 16, 2013 at 6:57 am

  16. This is quite amazing. What beautiful details and imagery. It goes to show – anything can happen in the urban jungle….

    May 16, 2013 at 10:59 am

    • Well said, Karen…..

      May 25, 2013 at 8:08 am

  17. Thanks for posting Scott, we appreciate all the feedback!

    May 23, 2013 at 9:53 am

    • You’re most welcome, Shae…I’m glad I had the opportunity to share your fantastic work….

      May 25, 2013 at 8:10 am

  18. Anika

    I took my kids on a street art tour today after checking out your site this weekend. They especially loved the Urban Jungle Mural. Thanks for sharing.

    June 24, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    • You are very welcome, Anika…thank you for letting me know you were here. I’m glad your little ones enjoyed the art. 🙂

      June 24, 2013 at 10:08 pm

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