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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.”

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City Paint 12.2 – 2020…Perfect Vision – Mural Complete

Wow….I guess it’s been a while since I posted the beginning of this mural in City Paint 12.1 – 2020…Perfect Vision.  I had stopped-by and taken photos of the progress on another four occasions, but had not managed to get it all together in posts to show the work…so here we are, ten months later (Really?!) and I’m just now sharing the end result…and as chance/fate would have it, this mural has already been covered and work is being done on a new one.  Stay tuned….

2020 Mural left panel

The panorama shots that I made didn’t turn-out real well…and my stitching capabilities are nil…so we’re left with three images that I hope you can imagine as an entire mural…looking from the left in the above image…to the middle in the photo below…

2020 Mural center panel

…and to the far right in the next image below…three panels depicting a perfect vision for the future…maybe…hoping that we can see as clearly….?

2020 Mural right panel

I’ve also provided a handful of close-up images to demonstrate the detail…to show the brush-strokes of the spray-painted mural.

2020 Mural focus one

I do know that parts of the mural were, indeed, spray-painted, as I’ve shared in the first post…but, I am not sure if the individual artists who contributed to the greater image used brushes or not.  If you remember the western mural that I shared in City Paint 6.5, you might also recall the images of the artist using an actual brush.

2020 Mural focus two

When sharing other artists’ work in these and other images, I attempt to give credit where it is due.  I do not know all of the artists’ names who participated in creating this huge mural, but I do know that Kier Defstar played a significant role, as I was so informed by the Korner Market staff when I inquired about the 2012 mural in City Paint 3.

2020 Mural focus three

If you look closely at the various images, you will be able to see other names, as well….  I have heard about some of these other artists and have only seen the names of still others of them…but here they are: Brute, Amer, Mark’s Ark, Aloha Family, Marlee, Lost Art, and Sily.  If there are other artists who worked on the mural, I apologize for not naming them…I simply don’t know who they are right now.  With any luck (?), some of the other artists might happen across the images on my blog and let me know that they, too, contributed to the masterpiece…….it’s happened before……

2020 Mural focus four

2020 Mural focus five

I have offered that the Aloha Family is a group of artists, simply because it appears in the below photo that they are…possibly the individual artists’ names are here, too?

2020 Mural focus six

And maybe this is another artist’s signature?

2020 Mural focus seven Samoa

Is the space-ship preparing to kidnap a large cat in the image below?  I’m not sure…but I do love the detail on the woman’s portrait….

2020 Mural focus eight

This is crazy beautiful as you stand next to it on the street and look at it face to face……

2020 Mural focus nine

And finally, what I understand to be the centerpiece of the mural, the exotic woman looking into and maybe even divining the future…she appears to be a mixture of the various phenotypes of our human species…intelligent, strong, beautiful……

2020 Mural woman portrait

Thank you, as always, for visiting…for spending your time with me.  I hope you’ve enjoyed viewing the finished product of the 2020 Perfect Vision mural.  If you’d like to see the other City Paint images of street art and graffiti from around Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, you can scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the “Street Art – Graffiti” category to see all of them.