Artists paint giant Black Lives Matter mural on Main Street (updated)
Artists created a giant Black Lives Matter mural on the Main Street asphalt last weekend, bringing the message in large letters to the popular shopping, dining and entertainment strip over the busy Fourth of July weekend.
Other social justice-themed works were put on the street at the same time as part of a City Hall-endorsed art program.
At least five people were working on the Black Lives Matter mural, located on upper Main Street, at one point. One of the participants said the size of the mural spelling the three words is 300 feet long, with letters 14 feet tall. Aljay Fuimaono, who lives in Vineyard, said the mural illustrates the Park City community’s support for the movement.
“It’s good to show that Park City stands with this message, stands with Black Lives Matter,” he said.
The mural is the most visible acknowledgment of the movement to date in Park City, following a rally of about 300 people at Park City High School last month and a smaller-scale demonstration at the Olympic Welcome Plaza.
Three other large murals were underway at the same time at different spots on the asphalt on Main Street. One reads “Solidarity,” another reads “Peace, Unity, Love” and the other says “Justicia Para Todos,” Spanish words that translate to “justice for all.”
City Hall said it provided a grant valued at approximately $15,000 to the Park City Summit County Arts Council for the murals and the management of the work on Main Street.
The sum covers costs like the artist fees and materials. The Arts Council also managed the selection process of the artists. The municipal government said the works were covered in the permit of the Main Street pedestrian zones on Sundays, which also includes musicians, chalk art and pop-up artists.
The city said there are no immediate plans to remove the murals and the works will eventually wear down. Officials at that point could consider new murals with themes aligned with City Hall priorities like housing, transportation and sustainability.
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