Four large temporary art installations are underway on Park City's Main Street this 4th of July.
The four 20' by 300' murals are being painted on the street. Executive Director of the Park City Summit County Arts Council, Jocelyn Scudder, says her group saw an opportunity to create public art on the pavement when they realized Park City had closed Main Street to cars for the holiday weekend. The city had also cancelled the traditional 4th of July parade out of concerns about COVID-19. Scudder says that allowed artists to get on the street early in the day.
The project came together quickly, and was the result of a collaboration with city officials, says Scudder. The goal is to celebrate diversity in the community, and create a public space to foster understanding and conversations about race and social equity.
Scudder says all of the artists are Utah-based and the arts council asked them to give their interpretation of the Black Lives Matter movement. The first installation is the message "Black Lives Matter" painted in large multi-colored block letters by artist Aljay Fuimaono. It's at the top of Main Street. Next to that is a mural by Bill Louis, whose work is featured in the McPolin Tunnel. Further down the street is a mural by Roots Art Kollective, and on lower Main Street is a work by artist Mariella Mendoza. The artists and their teams started their projects at 7:30am Saturday morning. Scudder says they should be complete by Sunday evening.