Dozens of murals are popping up in and around Salt Lake City as part of a concerted effort by artists, property owners and community groups to enliven, beautify and bring attention to public spaces.

The Tribune is working to catalogue these diverse works of urban and pop art. And on this week’s episode, movie critic and culture reporter Sean Means takes Trib Talk host Benjamin Wood on a walking tour of the The Gateway — where several murals are concentrated — to discuss the artists behind the movement, its impact on the community, and the unique qualities of the mural as an art form.

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“Trib Talk” is produced by Sara Weber with additional editing by Dan Harrie. Comments and feedback can be sent to, or to @bjaminwood or @tribtalk on Twitter.

The Salt Lake Tribune is expanding its interactive map of murals in and around the Salt Lake City area, and we want your help.
If there’s a mural you love, look on the map to see if we have included it. If we haven’t, send us a photo of it and the address — and, if you know it, the name of the artist and the mural’s title.
A couple of rules: The mural should be clearly visible from the street, sidewalk or a publicly used parking area — nothing indoors, or on inaccessible private property. And, please, nothing that’s a logo or an overt advertisement for a business or product.
Email your submissions to, and put the words “Mural Map” in the subject line.

Coverage of downtown Salt Lake City arts groups is supported by a grant from The Blocks, a cultural initiative of Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County.