ACE OUTDOOR Murals

Public art in Alta, Utah: Alta Community Enrichment is hoping these pieces of public art provide excitement and interest for the community. Public art is a great way for people to connect to their community and a great way for a people who visit Alta to feel a sense of community. It’s free and open to anyone 24 hours a day. Many thanks to the Town of Alta for providing ACE the space to hang the murals and to our helpers for moving these giant murals. Thank you to all for being huge supporters of public art.
Location
The murals were painted on a wood canvas constructed and erected by Mike Bauer and Steve Macintosh on to the Alta Community Center building, located at 10351 East Highway 210, Alta, Utah. The community center is a multi use building and encompasses the Alta post office, library, ACE offices, Town of Alta (TOA) meeting room, avalanche classes, housing for police officers, and garage for UDOT and TOA highway needs. Alta town residents and the many visitors to Alta view the building daily.

2017 Mural by Graham Rich

Project Summary / Description

The summer of 2017, ACE sought out Salt Lake County artists to create site-specific outdoor mural art on the Alta Community Center in Alta, Utah. We are hoping this piece of public art provides excitement and interest for the community.

Artist selected -2017

Graham Rich

Graham is a transplant from Ohio and has been skiing the Cottonwoods for 9 years. The mountains are his artistic muse and Little Cottonwood is his playground.

Artist Statement:

My art has always influenced by the natural world and the colorful beings that inhabit it. My art parallels my activity with environmental non profits and my desire to make the world a greener place, while also being influenced by eastern spirituality and some psychedelic aspects as well.

 

2019 Mural by Michael Brzozowski - In memory of Thomas Plofchan

2019 Project Summary / Description
The summer of 2018 ACE sought out to create a second site-specific outdoor mural art on the Alta Community Center. This mural would be a part of the ACE Endeavor, “Celebrating the People and Spirit of the LCC community.” In the winter of 2017, ACE had an image created by a local artist, Michael Brzozowski, of the iconic mid 1960’s image by Thomas Plofchan of Alf Engen jumping Highway 210. We had him replace the car in the image with Plofchan’s memorable green suburban. Plofchan was owner & operator of the Photo Haus in Alta and passed away in 2015. This image was used in a successful fundraising campaign, the art was so amazing, that we wanted to have it created into our second mural for the Town of Alta.


Artist Commissioned - Michael Brzozowski
Michael is a local skier and a visual art teacher at a public school in Midvale. Michael’s favorite place is Alta, especially for the deep powder snow!


Artist Statement
My artistic style is influence by the graphic techniques used by print makers. My art is how I emotionally connect to my surroundings. As an artist I try to empathize with the visual aesthetics found in a given place, and respond to it as truthfully as I can. I find the western landscapes of Utah artistically striking.