Salt Lake City has a vibrant and booming art scene. Don’t believe me? Just wander the downtown area a bit to be convinced. Not only will you find multiple museums, galleries, festivals, and shops in the downtown area, but the urban art scene is also on point.
Start at the Gateway at the Urban Arts Gallery. They have rotating monthly shows with an associated artist reception/gallery stroll usually mid-month. This month, check out “Apricity” with featured local artists: Trish Melander, Natalie Garza, Leonard Starbeck, and more. “Apricity” will hang from April 5th through May 1, 2022, with an artist reception during a gallery stroll on Friday, April 15th, from 6 to 9 pm.
If you haven’t paid much attention, you might miss many of the murals painted on downtown buildings. Theblocksslc.com has built an app that will guide you around the city’s best murals, sculptures, and public art. With over 80 murals and art installations in the Salt Lake City area, there is plenty you are missing. Some notables are “Ave Maria” by El Mac and Retna at 156 East and 200 South, “Esta Barrio No Se Vende” at 708 W. North Temple, and of course “SLC Pepper” by Jann Haworth at 250 South and 400 West, highlighting some of Utah’s most influential people.
Of course, these aren’t the only murals to see. With the history of the Utah Jazz here in Salt Lake, you can’t miss the “Utah Jazz Anniversary Mural” by Trent Call at 110 South Main and the “Utah Jazz Mural” at 173 West Broadway, by Karabo Poppy Molestane
In addition to these murals, check out some of the more interactive art installations here in the city.
“Point of View” at 100 South West Temple, by Aaron Stephen features a collaboration of more than 150 standard road signs with the message, ‘you are here.’
Check out the sundial/art installation at the Gallivan Center, “Asteroid Landing Softly”, by Kazuo Matsubayashi, and get a glimpse of Southern Utah sandstone if you can’t get down that way yourself.
The new public safety building includes the installation “Wave Harmonics”, by Louise Bertelsen and Po Shu Wang. As a ‘viewer’, you can step on a pedal at the base of the installation and see a demonstration of what the artists claim is happening all around us.
And of course, how can we forget Gilgal Sculpture Garden at 749 East and 500 South envisioned, designed, and created by Thomas Battersby Child, Jr. for a local yet maybe slightly creepy experience.
If this doesn’t convince you SLC is one of the greatest art cities around, get out and see these for yourself and then convince me otherwise.
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