Huh? Are you wondering what this odd combination is all about? Believe it or not, there is some semblance to be made of this picture.
The Virgin Mary is living large on the side of the old Guthrie Bicycle building, a model of tranquility on a busy downtown Salt Lake City street. Standing 44ft / 13.4m high "Ave Maria" was created by a pair of world-famous mural artists, El Mac and Retna.
For one grueling week of wind, rain and snow, the two furiously emptied 80 cans of spray paint onto the brick wall, bringing to life an exquisite image of the iconic Catholic madonna, including a burning sacred heart and Latin words from the "Hail Mary" prayer.
A quote from El Mac, whose real name is Miles MacGregor "I like it because it isn't offensive -- and shouldn't be -- but, at the same time, it is a little outside what people would expect." Yeah, I’d say that’s about sums it up!
Now, to the smaller building along the bottom. It’s the side of Gallenson’s Sporting Goods & Gun Shop, one of Utah's oldest businesses and Salt Lake City's oldest gun store….hence the depiction of wildlife, featuring an elk. It just so happens that these two buildings reside next to one another, creating this strange mixture of artwork.
I spotted this scene as I was making my way around town and really liked how the multiple structures came together in somewhat of a puzzle of different elements. I cropped the bottom portion of the frame because of the cars parked in the lot, they just didn’t fit very well into the compositional material. :)
Thanks for stopping by.
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Sergiom (45214) 2013-08-15 4:25
Nous savions que Salt Lake City était une ville assez religieuse et en voici la preuve . Le mur est intégralement rempli par l'oeuvre qui doit se voir de très loin.
timecapturer (36924) 2013-08-15 4:34
WOW! that is some piece of urban art and in this context a fascinating mixture. Now this is sumptuous and thought provoking graffiti that means something rather than the mindless scrawlings of some bored adolescent. There is a certain irony here, the holy lady looking down upon that superb elk whose destiny lies perhaps in the hands of a person that buys a gun in the store. Uhm!
Stunning imagery Jace! - thought provoking and beautifully presented.
back to a trad summer here - wet and just about warm......:-/
ikeharel (43845) 2013-08-15 5:33
Artists corner in town, Jason, well spotted and beautifully presented.
Mix of modern houses and older one, foreground fence painted with the big moose, while a religious figure as center-stage subject.
Fine taken photo, best regards.
KristinsCamera (1871) 2013-08-15 5:48
haha, you and i both posted street art murals this morning, jason :)
i really like the mary portrait -- 80 cans of paint, eh?
it's beautifully done and i like how young and contemporary she looks.
quite interesting for SLC.
i also like how she seems to be watching over the elk, and he's almost looking up at her from his very dramatic landscape. interestingly, the colors of both complement one another. and i see just a glimpse of something intriguing in the far right corner...
a fun capture, thanks for sharing :)
subhendu_bagchi (20940) 2013-08-15 7:13
nice artwork. Like the how easily the painter used those colours. A simply superb work. You presented in nicely with good sharpness and nice depth. Tfs this artwork.
SnapRJW (23510) 2013-08-15 7:35
Hello Jason - This is so fabulous, a visual street art commentary on what is important to the residents of Salt Lake (thinking about that statement in relation to the Church of Mormon .... is the Madonna important to them?) Whatever the case a well seen and cleverly composed shot. I love the Madonna, she looks exquisite and is vastly different from what one is used to seeing ;)
TFS this, a super shot. Warm regards Rosemary
psamaddar (1089) 2013-08-15 8:24
Hi Jason..Nice piece of art..well captured. good framing..good color.
Noel_Byrne (13182) 2013-08-15 10:22
I must admit, I love this. The combination of the two images together is most unusual, but even taken individually, they are captivating. The Madonna is a beautifully done image, and what is unique is the post and look of the Madonna herself. She looks like avery modern girl who has donned the white robes of tradition for this pose, I guess a good way to connect with modern people is show modern people in these kind of art works. I am also intrigued at what looks like Celtic knotword designs integrated into the halo. I could be totally wrong, but it sure looks similar to me. The artists are brilliant to create this, and you captured it perfectly.
Looking at this whole scene is like looking into another universe, and I would never believe this was wall murals were it for the fact that you have put it perfectly into its world with the redbrick house and the grey modern offices. Beautiful work, and as ever, thanks for sharing.
Cheers from Ireland!
EstudioChispa (1694) 2013-08-15 11:53
This is a completely fabulous composite of two really wonderful (and wonderfully different) works of mural art. The architectural elements add context, giving an effect like building blocks. I might have even wanted to consider the piece WITH the parked cars in the FG; it might have worked for me -- but of course, I'm a car guy!
One of the stated purposes of TE is to learn about the world, and you have fulfilled that purpose for me today. My perception of SLC is pretty much 100% Mormonism, so to see the Virgin de Guadalupe there is a revelation. And then to see this spectacularly contemporary yet still traditional and reverent depiction BLOWS MY MIND. It is fabulous in too many ways for me to list here!
Royaldevon (21345) 2013-08-15 23:53
This is a photograph that really needs notes; with them, all is clear!
It is a wonderfully sharp and well-saturated shot. It is also surprising, to see the Madonna framed by modern buildings and carefully overlooking a bellowing stag is not the normal city experience!
Have a great day,
jhm (127843) 2013-08-16 2:16
This is real wonderful done, also the photographer makes a wonderful picture,
Sharpness and clarity together with the colours make of these picture a wonderful image.
Excellent composition, nice presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice weekend,
worldcitizen (5609) 2013-08-16 11:12
Take one older building, and another newer one, and sandwich a modern Madonna in between the two, and you have a cool scene. :-) The artwork is great, but I especially like the contrast of the two buildings on either side of it. Nice presentation and framing, too.
fabbs99 (10992) 2013-08-16 23:27
Nice image with warm colors and good sharpness.Excellent theme for the composition.Very well done.TFS.
siudzi (27691) 2013-08-16 23:40
You have found a really nice street art scene with absolutely unique and special composition.
The combination of art and architecture looks here very well and creates a special view on the city. I'm a fan of it! Like it a lot! Well seen and done.
Have a nice weekend!
krzychu30 (12605) 2013-08-17 3:03
I just couldn´t resist after opening your gallery.This is why I find american cities so great.Urban art,red bricks and of course fire escapes-for me really eye-catching combination!And I must say in this case both murals are a real work of arts.I bet it was not an easy task to paint these scenes in such huge format:)?
Superb urban shot!
Have a nice weekend
Cricri (92015) 2013-08-17 10:06
Intéressante composition, le contraste de l'architecture et de ces peintures si joliment réaliser, une bonne note d'accompagnement, bon cadrage et couleurs, tout comme la netteté
mirosu (7998) 2013-08-25 5:03
Superb colourful photo combination, looks like an excellent collage. The vibrant colors are really excellent and your viewpoint perfect. Well seen and captured. Wish you a very nice weekend. Greetings, Miro
serp2000 (33043) 2013-09-01 3:36
Good report from Salt Lake city (special for the Trekearth? ;) ) You are right, this is very strange combination. I know similar art works more attractive that the grey (or brown) walls but sometime it could looks like a low-brow style of mass art. ;)
Anyway I like to see your observations of daily life.
adores (30773) 2013-09-02 17:15
This kind of art really catch my eye in the big cities:)! I like the pov and the mixture of the two murals. They are so different but they make a nice composition with the two different buildings on both sides. It's amazing, but she really seems to be looking at the yelk.
seb1lopez (31) 2013-12-03 9:31
I love street art, and u re right to have caught this one!