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Salt Lake City’s Must-See Street Art

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 this resource.

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 Colombian-American artist, casts light on the resilience of the Salt Lake City’s west-side community and its work to manage gentrification.

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).

By Fell

By Fell

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.

Book Mural. Photo: THE BLOCKS/Twig Media Lab

Book 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.

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.”

Utah Jazz mural by Karabo Poppy Moletsane

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

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.

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. The piece will feature cast bronze quotations and stainless steel door frames.

Asteroid Landing Softly art installation

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

Statue of a Sphinx with Joseph Smith's head
Sphinx | By Thomas Battersby Child, Jr. and Maurice Brooks | Found at the Gilgal Sculpture Garden | Photo: Jim Urquhart
Black and white mural on the ceiling of an archway
The Geometry Mural | By Felipe Pantone| Found at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City | Photo: THE BLOCKS/Twig Media Lab
Seemingly otherworldly and emanates a galaxy vibe
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
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.”
Este Barrio No Se Vende | By Jessica Sabolgal | Found at 708 W. N. Temple | Photo: Jim Urquhart
A cartoon-esque, colorful collage celebrating the Utah Jazz’s 40th anniversary in 2018
Utah Jazz Anniversary Mural | By Trent Call | Found at 110 S. Main St. | Photo: Visit Salt Lake
A cartoon-esque, colorful collage celebrating the Utah Jazz’s 40th anniversary in 2018
Utah Jazz Anniversary Mural | By Trent Call | Found at 110 S. Main St. | Photo: Visit Salt Lake
A neon pink-lighted sign reading, "Salt Lake City is For Lovers."
Salt Lake City is For Lovers | Found at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City | Photo: Jim Urquhart
A floral-like mural on an archway's ceiling
Solidarity | Found at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City | Photo: Jim Urquhart
A pair of angel-like wings
Wings | Found at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City | Photo: Jim Urquhart
SLC Pepper By Jann Haworth | Found at 250 S. 400 W. | Photo: Jim Urquhart
Donovan Mitchell in bright colors painted next to a small underpass.
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 | Found at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City | Photo: Visit Salt Lake
A colorful abstract mural reading, "Salt Lake City."
Salt Lake City Mural | By Pat Milbury & Pat McKinney | Found at 619 S 600 W | Photo: Jim Urquhart
A mural of a man with his right hand raised
North Six Apartment Complex Mural | By Chuck Landvatter | Found at 50 N 600 W | Photo: Jim Urquhart
An art installation reading "You Are Here."
Point of View | By Aaron T. Stephan | Found at 100 S. W. Temple | Photo: Jim Urquhart
A mountain range depicted in purple and pink-hues on a staircase
A Mountainous Stairway | Found at The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City | Photo: Austen Diamond Photography, Visit Salt Lake
A colorful abstract mural in a loading area.
Eccles Theater Mural | By Travi O'very Covey | Found at 160 Regent St. | Photo: THE BLOCKS/Twig Media Lab
Squatters Pub Brewery Mural | By Trent Call | Found at 147 Broadway | Photo: THE BLOCKS/Twig Media Lab
A scene from under the sea
Lost Art Tattoo Mural | Found at 348 S State St. | Photo: THE BLOCKS/Twig Media Lab
An colorful, galaxy-esque owl contrasted with a black background.
Constellation Owl | By Yvette Vexta | Found at 200 S. State St. | Photo: THE BLOCKS/Twig Media Lab

SLIDESHOW: MORE OF SLC'S MURALS AND STREET ART

Browse this digital gallery to see more of Salt Lake's murals and street art. Hover over a piece and click the centralized arrows to expand.

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