City Paint 16 – Utah Arts Alliance Legends Mural

If you remember the City Paint post about the Urban Jungle, you might recall that I mentioned that I was allowed access to the property by “someone nearby;” this happened to be the staff at the Utah Arts Alliance (UAA).  Before I ventured over to make the photos of the jungle scene on the adjacent lot, I took advantage of the opportunity to capture some photos of the murals that the UAA had on the side of their building.

Utah Arts Alliance

I couldn’t find any artist information for the next two panels.  They measure somewhere around 10 x 10 feet square and are on the building just to the left of the above image.

Utah Arts Alliance woman image

This next one looks like it belongs in a gallery somewhere…can you imagine creating it on the side of a building and then leaving it out in the elements of the weather?

Utah Arts Alliance abstract people

I didn’t speak with the arts alliance staff about the following gallery, so I don’t know if they’ve even properly titled it, but I refer to it as the “Legends” mural because of the status of the personalities shown…they are singers, composers, actors, philosophers, authors, scientists, and even social activists.  The mural was painted by a street art duo known as Weird Chief.  If you’d like, you can click on their highlighted name and be taken to their web-site to read their bios and see more of their work.

Here’s another gallery of some close-up images of the mural –

And lastly, this is what the mural looks like complete…minus the “far right” panel that is actually on a smaller segment of adjoining wall that is just off-frame to the right.

Utah Arts Alliance Legends mural complete

If you’d like to see more examples of Salt Lake City’s street and building art as I’ve presented them in this City Paint series, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Street Art – Graffiti” category to be taken to a continuous feed of the earlier posts.  

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22 responses

  1. I see Mr. Rogers….forever captured in a neighbourhood….

    December 19, 2013 at 7:16 am

    • I like that he is there…a testament to his place in our culture.

      December 19, 2013 at 9:18 am

  2. Very cool . . . and I prefer this to many “over the top” murals which, although visually striking, are difficult to connect with.

    December 19, 2013 at 9:11 am

    • Yes, this one is very intentional in its presentation….nothing obscure about it.

      December 19, 2013 at 9:19 am

  3. Utterly amazing. Plenty to stare at with this one. The choices were interesting, too: Alfred E. Neuman and the Muppets (and, as mentioned above, Mr Rogers). Entertainment was pretty well covered with Gandhi and Che Guevara thrown in for some spice. Definitely worth a longer look.

    December 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    • Yes, definitely worth the longer look…I’ve pored over them a bit myself….

      December 20, 2013 at 8:30 am

  4. I can’t get over the fact that these are done with spray paint. I’ve painted in the past, but never with spray paint. It’s amazing.

    December 19, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    • Yes, aside from the accuracy of their renditions of the known figures, the fact that it was all done with spray paint is incredible….truly amazing.

      December 20, 2013 at 8:31 am

  5. Great murals! Nice photos…

    December 20, 2013 at 5:20 am

    • Thank you, Ajay…the artists have some incredible talent. 🙂

      December 20, 2013 at 8:31 am

  6. Beautiful!

    December 20, 2013 at 11:58 am

    • They do great work, don’t they? 🙂

      December 20, 2013 at 12:22 pm

  7. It’s great stuff, Scott. Thank you for including all the different views – it helps one get a better sense of it. The “looks like it belongs in a gallery” one is interesting because the technique isn’t one you typically see in this kind of context. Hey, if I don’t have a chance to say it next week, have a great holiday, and thanks for being here, enriching many lives!

    December 21, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    • Hello, Lynne – you’re welcome for the different views…I thought it would provide for closer examination and appreciation of the work. And no, I can’t imagine finding many others like the gallery-quality image out here on the side of buildings, either. I hope you have a great holiday, also….thank you…and for your ever kind words, too…. 🙂

      December 23, 2013 at 9:15 am

  8. Absolutely stunning work – what a privilege to see this all.

    December 21, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    • I feel very fortunate to find these works, Andy…like little treasures tucked-away all over the city.

      December 23, 2013 at 9:16 am

  9. Wow…fantastic street art. Excellent images.

    December 22, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    • I thought so, too, Beth. 🙂

      December 23, 2013 at 9:16 am

  10. Nut Balls

    There truly is some incredible street art there in Salt Lake. I don’t know that I’ve seen quite as much of it elsewhere.

    December 23, 2013 at 7:30 am

    • There is some amazing art here, Nathan…and I’ve heard that there are quite a few murals in Phoenix, too….maybe I’ll find them someday…. 🙂

      December 23, 2013 at 8:14 am

  11. what a wonderful wall

    December 29, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    • I agree…so many stories in those lives….

      December 30, 2013 at 6:31 am

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