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Salt Lake City’s Must-See Street Art

Each location offers a great photo op as well as a story to pass on.
A map.

Mural map designed by Fell, a local artisan.

While adding texture to Salt Lake City as a whole, the more than 80 murals and art installations are evidence that a specific stairwell, wall or building can have its own story to tell. Urban street artists work within the constraints of falling plaster, electric boxes and zoning codes to bring flavor and perspective to the ordinary and mundane. Each mural is a testament that the import of a city isn’t solely defined by its tallest buildings, fine art museums or impressive statehouses. 

For a complete list of the city’s murals and public art, as well as an interactive map, explore THE BLOCKS interactive map.

Murals

Ave Maria
By El Mac & Retna
156 E. 200 S.

A few blocks from The Cathedral of the Madeleine, this 44-foot mural depicts the Virgin Mary gracefully facing the majestic mountains and bearing her open heart. Her stature and symbolism evoke a sense of reverence and warmth for viewers. 

Este Barrio No Se Vende
By Jessica Sabolgal
708 W. N. Temple

This portrait of Salt Lake community activist, Ella Mendoz, places her standing proud next to the words, “Este Barrio No Se Vende,” meaning “This Neighborhood Is Not For Sale.” The piece, created by a first generation Columbian-American artist, casts light on the resilience of the Salt Lake City’s west-side community and its work to manage gentrification (Read: You Are Where You Eat: Salt Lake Latino’s Perfected Flavors)

Utah Jazz Anniversary Mural
By Trent Call
110 S. Main St.

This cartoon-esque, colorful collage celebrated the Utah Jazz’s 40th anniversary in 2018. At first glance, fans will instantly understand what’s going on in the piece, but others may have to do some research (or ask a local walking by).

A mural of book binds

Book Mural. Photo: THE BLOCKS/Twig Media Lab 

Book Mural
Artist Unknown
222 S. Main St.

In the 222 skyscraper’s alley, this mural is a bookworm’s dream — featuring a row of giant book spines reading iconic titles such as, “Harry Potter,” “The Cat in the Hat” and “The Grapes of Wrath.” Make sure to pay close attention to the bindings — they are replicas of rare and unique editions.

Legends of Rock
By Gina Ribadau
162 S. 400 W. 

Gaze in the eyes of rock legends Mick Jagger, Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, John Lennon, Prince, Jim Morrison and Janis Joplin. Nearby, look for 8-foot cubes doning new mural additions — painted on International Women’s Day in 2020 — of Dolly Parton, Bjork, Diana Ross, Amy Winehouse, and others. We’re sorry if your favorite rock song gets stuck in your head as you walk by.

SLC Pepper
By Jann Haworth
250 S. 400 W.

Haworth, an artist associated with the 1960s Pop Art Movement in Great Britain and a current Utah resident, co-designed the cover of The Beatles’ “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” in 1967. Nearly forty years later, she decided to recreate the piece in mural form with contributions from some 30 other artists and the goal of showing a more balanced crowd — she included more women, influential people and people of various ethnicities. 

A South African-styled mural of the Utah Jazz players

Utah Jazz Mural. Photo: THE BLOCKS/Twig Media Lab 

Utah Jazz Mural
By Karabo Poppy Moletsane
173 W. Broadway

This creation features a unification of the Utah Jazz, the state’s natural beauty and the artist’s South African roots. Moletsane was 26 when she painted the mural, and her artistic portfolio includes work for Nike, Google and Apple.

Utah!
By Evan Jed
741 Kilby Court

This mural outside the beloved music venue Kilby Court is a melting-pot of honeycomb patterns, Utah-centric symbols, and sun-colored and blue-sky tinted paint all emanating a strong sense of grooviness.


Art Installations

Point of View
By Aaron T. Stephan
100 S. W. Temple

This 2016 installation features a collaboration of more than 150 standard road signs along with the message, “You Are Here.” The red bench on the sidewalk welcome passersby to sit and become part of the artwork.

An asteroid on a giant beam-like structure

Asteroid Landing Softly. Photo: THE BLOCKS/Twig Media Lab 

Wave Harmonics
By Louise Bertelsen and Po Shu Wang
475 S. 300 E.

This interactive water sculpture is inspired by nature’s “Cymatics.” Viewers can step on a pedal and witness a demonstration of what the artists claim is “happening all around us.”

Asteroid Landing Softly
By Kazuo Matsubayashi
201 S. Main St. (Gallivan Center)

The piece functions as a sundial with its structure pulling inspiration from Southern Utah’s red rock landscape.

Sphinx
By Thomas Battersby Child, Jr. and Maurice Brooks
749 E. 500 S. (Gilgal Sculpture Garden)

Part of Gilgal Sculpture Garden, the Sphinx displays Joseph Smith's head -- he's the founder of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- on the body of a sphinx, an ancient symbol of riddles and mystery. The sculpture aims to represent Child’s belief that the answers to life’s great questions cannot be discovered with the intellect, but through faith.

A statue of a sphinx with a human face

Sphinx. Photo: Jim Urquhart

First to Vote Sculpture  — EXPECTED OPENING IN AUGUST 2020
By Kelsey Harrison and Jason Manley
300 N. State St. (Council Hall Building)

Placed in front of the building where the first female vote was cast under equal suffrage laws in the United States, this interactive sculpture allows viewers to contemplate the achievements of Utah and national suffragists and women’s advocates, as well as voting rights achievements for minorities throughout the 20th century (Follow the itinerary: Attagirl! Women's History and Highlights). The piece will feature cast bronze quotations and stainless steel door frames. Read more about Utah women's history and stories at visitutah.com/she


Slideshow: More of SLC's Murals and Street Art

  • Este Barrio No Se Vende By Jessica Sabolgal

    Este Barrio No Se Vende By Jessica Sabolgal

    708 W. N. Temple | Photo: Jim Urquhart

  • Utah Jazz Anniversary Mural By Trent Call

    Utah Jazz Anniversary Mural By Trent Call

    110 S. Main St. | Photo: Visit Salt Lake

  • Utah Jazz Anniversary Mural By Trent Call

    Utah Jazz Anniversary Mural By Trent Call

    110 S. Main St. | Photo: Jim Urquhart

  • "Salt Lake City is For Lovers"

    "Salt Lake City is For Lovers"

    Found at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City | Photo: Jim Urquhart

  • Solidarity

    Solidarity

    Found at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City | Photo: Jim Urquhart

  • Wings

    Wings

    Found at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City | Photo: Jim Urquhart

  • SLC Pepper By Jann Haworth

    SLC Pepper By Jann Haworth

    250 S. 400 W. | Photo: Jim Urquhart

  • Donovan Mitchell (player for the Utah Jazz) By Jared Ander Smith and Chuck Landvatter

    Donovan Mitchell (player for the Utah Jazz) By Jared Ander Smith and Chuck Landvatter

    Found at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City | Photo: Jim Urquhart

  • Sego Lilies by Insa | Colorful Stairs By Unknown

    Sego Lilies by Insa | Colorful Stairs By Unknown

    Found at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City | Photo: Visit Salt Lake

  • Salt Lake City Mural By Pat Milbury & Pat McKinney

    Salt Lake City Mural By Pat Milbury & Pat McKinney

    619 S 600 W | Photo: Jim Urquhart

  • North Six Apartment Complex Mural By Chuck Landvatter

    North Six Apartment Complex Mural By Chuck Landvatter

    50 N 600 W | Photo: Jim Urquhart

  • Point of View By Aaron T. Stephan

    Point of View By Aaron T. Stephan

    100 S. W. Temple | Photo: Jim Urquhart

  • "Salt Lake City is For Lovers"

    "Salt Lake City is For Lovers"

    Found at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City | Photo: Austen Diamond Photography, Visit Salt Lake

  • A mountainous stairway

    A mountainous stairway

    Found at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City | Photo: Austen Diamond Photography, Visit Salt Lake

  • Point of View By Aaron T. Stephan

    Point of View By Aaron T. Stephan

    100 S. W. Temple | Photo: Jim Urquhart

  • Eccles Theater Mural By Travi O'Very Covey

    Eccles Theater Mural By Travi O'Very Covey

    160 Regent St. | Photo: THE BLOCKS/Twig Media Lab

  • Squatters Pub Brewery Mural By Trent Call

    Squatters Pub Brewery Mural By Trent Call

    147 Broadway | Photo: THE BLOCKS/Twig Media Lab

  • Utah Jazz Anniversary Mural By Trent Call

    Utah Jazz Anniversary Mural By Trent Call

    110 S. Main St. | Photo: THE BLOCKS/Twig Media Lab

  • Utah Jazz Anniversary Mural By Trent Call

    Utah Jazz Anniversary Mural By Trent Call

    110 S. Main St. | Photo: THE BLOCKS/Twig Media Lab

  • Lost Art Tattoo Mural

    Lost Art Tattoo Mural

    348 S State St. | Photo: THE BLOCKS/Twig Media Lab

  • Constellation Owl By Yvette Vexta

    Constellation Owl By Yvette Vexta

    200 S. State St. | Photo: THE BLOCKS/Twig Media Lab

  • The Geometry Mural by Felipe Pantone

    The Geometry Mural by Felipe Pantone

    Found at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City | Photo: THE BLOCKS/Twig Media Lab

  • The Two World Faces by Dourone

    The Two World Faces by Dourone

    Found at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City (east face of the Clark Planetarium) | Photo: THE BLOCKS/Twig Media Lab

Sara Hobbs

Sara is a native of Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains. She found herself along the Wasatch Front after taking a pit-stop in Colorado, falling in love with a history buff and happily following his footsteps to the Salt Lake Valley. She’s a big fan of old souls and listening to “Cricket Sounds” on Spotify while she edits and writes content for the Utah Office of Tourism. After taking a gazillion personality tests, she’s still not sure whether she’s an introvert, extrovert or something-else-vert —— she assumes it depends on the day.

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