Despite the recent chilly weather, there are definite signs that Spring is here: the blossoms on the trees, the bikers on the streets, and the new public art going up in our cities.
SLC Bikeways Mural Project
Salt Lake City-based muralist Chris Peterson is busy at work on a 54 x 20 foot mural on the north wall of Crank SLC bike shop (750 S. State). The vibrant mural, in secondary hues of purple, orange and green, showcases the city’s bikeways in a perspectival map that features prominent city landmarks, the downtown and Wasatch skylines and major trails: the 9-Line Trail, Jordan River Parkway Trail and Bonneville Shoreline Trail. The project was begun in the fall, but winter snow put it on halt. Work has resumed and Peterson hopes to have the work finished in the next week.
“The mural is meant to provide a bicycle-oriented perspective on the Salt Lake City landscape. Downtown bike lanes connect to trails along the river and in the foothills,” explains Peterson. “This artwork is about our city’s amazing landscape and the growing bike infrastructure that spans it.”
The SLC Bikeways Mural Project was made possible through support and collaboration with Crank SLC owners Christian Clemens and Juliet Lalouel, Bike Utah, and multimedia artist Patrick Clifford. The project also received support from the Utah Division of Arts and Museums’ “Random Acts of Art” grant program. You can catch Peterson working at the mural site (749 S. State Street) April 6, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., or various times throughout the week.
Next week in Salt Lake City you can watch the installation of 18 large-scale sculptures as part of The Salt Lake City Public Art Program’s Flying Objects public art sculpture series. The current, temporary series of Flying Objects, 4.0 was installed in 2014 and will be deinstalled on April 14 from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (if you fell in love with one of the pieces while it’s been up, now’s the time to buy it). The installation of Flying Objects 5.0 will take place on Saturday, April 15 from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. (300 South between 400 West and 300 East).
ART AROUND THE CORNER
St. George isn’t content, like Salt Lake City, to wait years to refresh their sidewalk art. Their Art Around the Corner program, which installs a collection of sculptures from area artists, happens every year. The newest installation is happening this week. Catch all the new work, including a sculpture by Matt Clark, the artist profiled in this month’s edition of 15 Bytes, on Saturday, April 8.
UTAH’S ART MAGAZINE SINCE 2001, 15 Bytes is published by Artists of Utah, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah.