BLM Mural in SLC Favorite 


Jun 5 2020


Salt Lake City UT

Mural artists add color and flavor on 800 South in the Granary District of downtown Salt Lake City. There’s an old-fashioned bar on the side of a locally-owned brewery, and a Southern Utah landscape on another building. Down the street, on the south corner of 800 South and 300 West, there’s a new mural that’s far more potent.

The mural is painted on the side of a city-owned building that’s sometimes used to train police officers and firemen. Neighbors said it’s a powerful and welcome addition. Located at 300 West and 800 South, the mura; was created by an anonymous group of local artists in early June to honor Floyd, who was killed by police in Minneapolis last month. The incident sparked protests against police brutality across the country and the world.

It started a larger-than-life image of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who died after a white police officer put his knee on Floyd’s neck in a tragedy that has rocked the nation. Over the weeks, the mural has grown – now featuring six portraits, five of whom lost their lives due to police brutality here in Utah: Bernardo Palacios, Dillon Taylor, Darrien Hunt, Bryan Pena Valencia, and Chad Breinholt.

The piece has been tarred and painted over by counter-protestors multiple times. during each of which the community has worked to restore it.

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