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Bookshelf Mural – 254 South Main Street

“It is with the reading of books the same as with looking at pictures; one must, without doubt, without hesitations, with assurance, admire what is beautiful.” – Vincent van Gogh

If you want good art, go to good bookshops.

That is because art and language and knowledge are one in the same—and the local bookshops in Salt Lake City know this to be true. Ken Sanders Rare Books has had a growing collection of political and book-related murals throughout the years, and this bookshelf mural outside Downtown’s Eborn Books has been the muse of bookworms, photographers, and Instagram bloggers for years.

What would it look like if the artist(s) kept expanding the painted books all around downtown? Beowulf and To Kill A Mockingbird and The House on Mango Street and Into the Wild and The Hobbit and 1984 and Wild Sargasso Seaand even some books from closer to home—a collection of Terry Tempest Williams’s works, for instance? Edward Abbey’s Desert Solitaire? Yep, I’d like that. Let’s do that, please.

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