I found this mural “under construction” back in April or May of 2013 and have been driving past it a couple of times a month since, hoping to find the parking lot unoccupied and the building not drenched in overly bright sunlight. Finally, last weekend, I happened to find the mural with both of those conditions met, so here it is. I’m not sure who the artist is, but it is probably the same one who created the mural in City Paint 9 – Oriental Furniture, as the style seems to be a dead-match. You might remember Gallenson’s Gun-shop from the Five on Five western mural that I featured in City Paint – 6 through 6.5. That mural is located to the far left of this one on the perpendicular wall at the south end of the rear parking lot. Anyway, here it is…rather busy for the eyes, but it’s pretty awesome at the same time.
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If you’ve been following this blog for some time, you might remember the earlier posts on the Korner Market’s murals…City Paint – 3 2012…The End? and City Paint 12.2 – 2020…Perfect Vision – Mural Complete. I realize that it’s a little late in the year and that the mural has been completed for a few months already…with next year’s remake only another four or five months away, but here’s 2013’s rendition. I’ve not been able to determine the theme and have not spoken with the Korner Market staff to learn more about it, so maybe you’ll have some ideas for us. To see the images in a larger presentation, click on any of them to be taken to a slide-show of the photos.
I’d like to give credit to the artists who created the work, but can’t decipher any of the names that might be hidden in the script on the mural. I would imagine that at least some of the artists who contributed to the earlier murals also helped create this one, but I’m not sure, so I’m not going to list any names.
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I have spent the last few Monday afternoons riding around with representatives from another agency, networking, I suppose, finding common ground for our two programs, searching for ways that we might serve a specific population from our two different perspectives.
One of the advantages of being a passenger is the opportunity to look around without having to pay attention to traffic…theoretically, one can take-in the scenery while still attending to the conversation. The key, of course, is to not tune-out the other parties while becoming engrossed in the city-scapes and in watching all manner of humanity passing on the sidewalks, etc.
This past Monday, I happened to notice a flash of color on the parking lot wall as we passed a particular business…a flash of color that I had never noticed in my daily commute and coincidental passing of the building and parking lot every single morning on my way to work. During our course of meandering about the neighborhood, we passed the location a couple of times and I was able to discern that the flash of color was actually a mural…and even from my poor vantage point of the inside of a moving vehicle, I could tell that it was more than just a bunch of graffiti and crap art that one sees in some parts of a larger city.
On my way to work yesterday morning, I passed the location, looked at the clock in my truck to see if I had time to make a quick stop, and then promptly made a U-turn at the next light and went back to take a closer look at the mural….and to snap a few shots of what appear to be an incomplete work of art…a work in progress….
The mural is painted on the north wall of the parking lot at an Indian grocery store named, “Qaderi Sweetz N Spicez.” For those interested, it is located at 1785 S. State Street in Salt Lake City, Utah. You can click on the highlighted name to be taken to the business’s Google+ page, or click here to be taken to an article from The Salt Lake Tribune that announced the store’s opening this past July.
I haven’t spoken with anyone at the store about the mural…yet…(?) so I can’t say with any certainty what the intention or theme might be, but if I were to choose one for myself, I might offer that it has something to do with the faces of Woman…those many presentations of identity that we see in our everyday lives, or maybe ones that transcend definition or explanation and exist in our species’ memories before words were known.
If you noticed the bit of script in the lower left-hand corner of the second image above, you might have been able to discern at least one name, possibly another one or two, of the artists who likely contributed to the mural. The most notable name, to me anyway, is that of Kier, an artist whose work you can see in several of the other works that I’ve featured here in the City Paint Series, the first being “City Paint 3 – 2012…The End?” If you’re interested, you can click on that highlighted name and be taken back to the post to find another link that provides more info on Kier.
As I mentioned above, I believe the mural might not be complete yet. To the right of the smiling woman, there is what appears to be the beginnings of another image, and still further to the right of that one, some black markings on the cinder-block wall that might be an outline of still another image. I am curious to see how this one turns-out…and might even be so curious that I stop by the store to ask someone about the mural and to inquire about all of the artists involved in creating this work of art…..so stay-tuned for updates.
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. Thank you, again, for visiting…for spending a bit of your time with me.
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.
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….
Shae told me that he had been commissioned by the Utah Arts Alliance to paint the Urban Jungle mural.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
The mural is 127 feet in length and took the artists about two weeks to complete…for a cost of $1500.00….
You can follow this link to view more of Shae’s work.
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.”
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….
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…
…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….?
I’ve also provided a handful of close-up images to demonstrate the detail…to show the brush-strokes of the spray-painted mural.
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.
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.
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……
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?
And maybe this is another artist’s signature?
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….
This is crazy beautiful as you stand next to it on the street and look at it face to face……
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……
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.
It’s been several weeks since I posted anything in the City Paint series on street art and graffiti that I’ve discovered while driving about Salt Lake City, so here’s a new one that I thought was just too good not to share. I was surprised the other morning to have noticed that Ironclad Electric Tattooing has a new mural. If you’re interested, you can check-out the earlier work in this previous post, City Paint 5 – Ironclad Tattoo. And, of course, if you’d like to revisit any of the other street art or graffiti posts, just scroll down to the bottom of this page and click on the Street-art/Graffiti category.
The first shot is of the entire mural as it appears on the building and the remaining photos are close-ups of the various parts.
I haven’t had the opportunity to learn about who the artist might be, although there is a partial email address of the likely artist(s) in the bottom right-hand corner of the first photo.
If you remember the next two photographs from the my earlier post “City Paint 3 – 2012…The End?” you might also remember that I had spoken with one of the clerks in the Korner Market who told me that the mural was going to be painted-over in the next few weeks…and it was supposed to be something even more grand in scale and content than the Maya calendar predicting the end of life as we know it.
It has taken a bit longer than the projected few weeks to get the new mural underway…but here it is….
I actually drove past this street scene on my way to meet the artist from the Five on Five western mural and almost did a quick U-turn to go back and see what was happening…but given the level of activity with the BBQ grill and tent and crowd of people milling about, I figured they would still be there when I was finished with the interview. I had just checked the wall earlier in the week, too, and nothing had been done, so I would imagine that the work was started on Saturday, June 9.
From the conversation that I had with the store clerk back in March, I understood that only one artist would be doing the work, Kier Defstar…but as you can see in this photograph, there were two artists working on it. If you click on Kier’s name, it will take you to a City Weekly interview from November 2010. While it’s not current info, it does provide a great background on the artist.
On my way to work two days later, I stopped to see what progress had been made through the rest of the weekend. I was surprised to see this man working at such an early hour on a Monday morning. When I asked him if he was Kier, he said that he wasn’t, but that Kier had done the work on the woman’s head and some other pieces, but they had two or three other artists working on it, as well. I asked the man for his name so I could give him credit for contribution to the mural, but he politely declined to give me even his first name. He said that he hadn’t painted in 12 years, but Kier had asked him to help. The man said he’s been published in different books and magazines, but he prefers to avoid the media nowadays. I assured him that I was just a guy taking pictures and had nothing to do with the formal media and wouldn’t share his name if he didn’t want me to, but he still refused. He said to give Kier the credit for the mural, as it was mostly his idea and he had painted the most significant part…the woman.
The man said that the theme for this mural is 2020…as in the year…and as in perfect vision. The contents of the mural are supposed to be exploding or pouring from the woman’s head…signifying her ideas and dreams for the future…he said it is meant to be much more positive than the earlier mural, depicting hope instead of a final destruction.
I took these last three photos yesterday morning, Tuesday, Jun 19. Quite a bit of progress has been made in a week and a half….
There seemed to be no vantage point available in taking a picture of this entire image without the street-lamp being included….
As with the Five on Five western mural, I will be visiting this 2020 mural every few days and posting updates of its progress until it is completed…so stay tuned. Also, if you’re interested, you can view all of the posts in the City Paint series by scrolling down to the bottom of this post and clicking on the Category button for Street Art – Graffiti.
And, as always, thank you for visiting. 🙂