Each first Friday of the month in Downtown Provo, the community gathers for a self-guided stroll through art galleries across the area. But it's not just the inside of Provo buildings that host some incredible artwork. With some nudging from Downtown Provo, Inc., the stroll now includes monthly murals, highlighting previously created works and finding space for new graphic artistry on buildings across the area. Many can be viewed by selecting the "Murals" section at http://downtownprovo.com/maps, but the real fun is finding the treasures yourself!
With that in mind, here are over 30 murals in Provo to enjoy as you stroll through the city, as well as some that are no longer available for viewing.
Did we miss any? Do you know of any murals in your Utah County city? Let us know in the comments!
-- Kari Kenner, Daily Herald
Bike Provo Mural
The Leuven Provo Bike Mural, nestled alongside Foxglove Flowers and the Rent-A-Center around 470 W. Center St., brings a splash of color and fun, with just a short trek off Center Street to see it.
Pioneer Book Mural
It's nearly impossible to miss the gigantic mural that covers the storefront to Pioneer Book, 450 W. Center St. The beautiful art includes images of books such as "Hamlet," "The Lord of the Rings" and "Pride and Prejudice," just a sampling of the fun to be found inside the store.
'One time in Provo'
Provo is home not only to a major university, but also a wide variety of start-ups and businesses. Plenty happens in the bustling city, and if you're creating your own memories here, you can document it with a newer mural located next to the Utah Valley Convention Center around 250 W. Center St. that says "One time in Provo."
Provo Lights Installation
Provo Lights is a bit less mural and a lot more unique when it comes to art downtown. The installation, created by artist Dean Cheeseman in collaboration with Downtown Provo, Inc, features a beautiful wall of glowing diamond shapes that will perform a light a musical showcase when prompted via text with keywords. Trust us, you'll want to check it out at night.
Dolphin Wall Mural
When you think Provo, you think happy, singing dolphins, right? Nope? Well the artist of this mural located at 198 W. Center St. must have, as they added a pop of color and tropical pleasure to downtown Provo.
Fort Utah Wall Mural - The History of Provo
From the arrival of the pioneers to the formation of the Provo School District, some of the biggest moments in Provo history adorn a stretch of brick from near Freedom Boulevard and Center Street. The art was created in 2006 by artist Asen Balakchiev.
Gunnison sage grouse at Sensuous Sandwich
On the side of a wall near Nu Skin’s office at 163 W. Center St., Louis Masai painted a group of Gunnison sage grouse, as part of his efforts to highlight the situation the endangered species and the planet are in.
Colorful Provo Mural
Though the restaurants near 27 N. 100 West have come and gone pretty frequently, the newest eatery, EM Foods, is decorated with a beautiful, colorful mural that hopefully won't be going anywhere soon. Started by a high school art class and finished by the community, the mural was a part of the Monthly Mural Program and features many well-known buildings in Provo.
'The Best Gift is You' by Dallas Clayton
Illustrator and children's author Dallas Clayton created this mural on the Provo Town Square parking terrace, 52 N. 100 West in downtown Provo December 2017 as a reminder to children to be the best gift they can be.
This mural nestled behind Guru's at 45 E. Center St. is constantly changing, but always highlights important icons of Utah Valley.
Tute Genomics Pixel Wall Murals
Just as Provo is constantly changing and growing, so it the wall art scene, with murals constantly being painted, repainted and changed, including these two murals near 150 S. 100 West, the first of which has been painted over, leaving a blank wall.
One of the biggest and most popular of the Tute Genomics Pixel Wall Murals is the late, great, Albert Einstein, the idol and role model of many aspiring young scientists and scholars. Located near 150 S. 100 West, the wall also provides a series of color blocking that's regularly used as the background for countless photos.
Parental Advisory Mural
Located near the Pixel Wall Murals at 150 S. 100 West is a Parental Advisory warning, but no worries - there's nothing inappropriate painted on the walls.
Oprah Pixal Mural
Oprah, the TV superstar, is immortalized in all her glory on an apartment facade near 150 S. 100 West.
Steve Jobs Pixel Mural
The man behind Apple, Steve Jobs himself, may be gone, but he's never forgotten, as this mural, located around 150 S. 100 West, shows.
The Vitruvian Man
Painted on a garage near 150 S. 100 West was Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man, though the mural has since bee painted over.
Another example of 8-Bit art, this scene from the classic "Duck Hunt" video game used to live on near 150 S. 100 West. It has since been covered.
Pokemon Wall Art
It's not every day you catch Ash Ketchum and Pikachu of Pokemon fame hanging out in 8-Bit splendor eating pizza. Unless, of course, you spend a lot of time near the Pixel Wall Murals at 150 S. 100 West in Provo.
Take a trip to The Scooter Lounge on 500 West and 300 South in Provo to find not only the premier home of scooters and scooter accessories, but also a beautiful mural, depicting someone riding a scooter.
Minimalist mountains at Boxcar Studios
It may be minimalist, and it may only cover 400 sq. feet of wall space, but Havoc Hendricks' mountain-inspired designs located behind The Boxcar Studios at 156 W. 500 South are well worth a trip to visit in person. The mural isn't visible from the street, though, so consider syncing your visit to a fantastic show at the venue. It's also worth the trip!
Mountains ProLab Mural
Artist Havoc Hendricks, who brought the minimalist mountain mural to the rear of Boxcar Gallery, also brought a beautiful mountain range to the entryway of ProLab Studio at 25 W. 400 South, Suite 001. You have to head off University Ave. to find it nestled along a ramp behind the building, but it's worth the search!
Laura Hendricks ProLab Mural
Right across from the mountain mural in the entry to ProLab Studio at 25 W. 400 South is a mixed media mural created by Laura Hendricks. The mural includes a "window," where a different artist regularly adds their own take on the world.
'Change What You Can' Mural
Though not currently on Downtown Provo's mural maps, this beautiful and bright mural can be found just off University Avenue on a metal wall around the corner from the ProLab entrance murals at 25 W. 400 South. It offers not only a splash of color but a little motivation to "Change What You Can."
Maeser Park Wall Mural
Possibly the largest piece of outdoor art on the list, the Maeser Park mural, located at 600 S. 500 East, was painted over and renovated in June 2017. The old mural depicted scenes from the neighborhood, while the new mural, designed by Ale Vaughn using a community grant, features items that are uniquely Utah like a Sego Lily, the June Sucker, trains, mountains and a beehive.
Startup Magnolias Mural
Right across from the Provo Frontrunner Station is the Startup Candy Factory, boasting a variety of beautiful murals, as well as a unique downtown venue. One such mural is the more recently painted Magnolias ad mural, reminiscent of the murals of days gone by, advertising businesses and their wares. It's located just off 600 W. at 111 South and is one of a set of fun murals, including one located in a hallway at the Startup that isn't visible from the exterior. Be sure to head there during the next event to see that one for yourself!
Lars Color Mural
Just down from the Magnolia mural at 111 W. 600 South is the Lars Color Mural, located on a wall bordering a parking lot on the west side of the Startup Building. Designed by The House Lars Build and brought to life by members of the community, the art was a part of the Downtown Provo Monthly Mural Program.
'This Is Our Home' Mural
Also on the west side of the Startup Candy Factory, 111 W. 600 South is the "This is Our Home" mural, created by a Brigham Young University graphic design class with help from a local elementary school. With a bright yellow border, it highlights some of the icons that make Provo home.
Heading back to Downtown Provo proper and into the parking alley between University Avenue and 100 West is a series of murals, including one featuring a buffalo that reads "Indigenous," created by Hayley Barry as a part of the Monthly Mural Program. It is located on the north side of 40 W. 100 North.
The Empress Mural
Behind the recently opened Mozz Pizza at 145 N. University Ave. is The Empress Mural, painted by Haily South as a part of the Monthly Mural Program.
'What are you waiting for' Lars Wall Mural
Sharing a wall with The Empress behind Mozz Pizza, 145 N. University Ave., is another work of art designed by Brittany Jepsen of The House that Lars Built, in partnership with Dove. This Lars Wall Mural features the motivational phrase "What are you waiting for?"
Faces of Provo Mural
Painted by over 100 community members who added their face to the art, the Faces of Provo Mural is a unique addition to University Avenue, sharing a wall with Noodle King at 163 North. It was made possible by The Neighborhood Art Center and Downtown Provo, Inc.'s Monthly Mural Program.
Provo Bicycle Collective Mural
Volunteers worked tireless scraping off old paint and dirt to create a mural of the Provo skyline on the building at 397 E. 200 North.
CHOM Burger Mural
Located on the west side of CHOM Burger at 45 E. 300 North, this bright mural was created by AIGA BYU, a design group at Brigham Young University. It features several bright panels, and was made possible by the Monthly Mural Program.
Provo River Trail Murals
Jess Smiley, a Provo native and artist, painted a variety of murals along the Provo River Trail at 820 N. 850 West and Columbia Lane. The art was commissioned by the Provo City Police Department as a way to brighten and clean up the area, making the tunnels a safer place for those traveling through them.
Columbia Lane Tunnel Mural
Biking through this tunnel under Columbia Lane and Bulldog Boulevard used to not be too safe. But with this mural, promoting community togetherness, it brought a sense of safety to the area. As with the 820 N. 850 West mural, this art was commissioned by the Provo Police and painted and designed by Jess Smiley.
Sweet's Hawaiian Grill
Sweet's Hawaiian Grill in Provo previously was decorated with a beautiful mural painted by Vaimoana Litia Makakaufaki Niumeitolu that showed the color and beauty of Hawaii. Then it underwent some impressive changes and now sports a series of highly popular island characters, including Maui, Moana, Lilo and Stitch, courtesy of the Utah Valley University Graffiti Club, who will mostly likely redo the mural again in the future. The restaurant is located at 711 Columbia Lane.
The perpetually renamed storefront at 500 N. 200 West had its own mural decorating the side of its space. However, the building was demolished to make way for new construction.