The Gateway – turning Salt Lake City into ‘a free outdoor museum’
August 18, 2019
The complex’s owners have hired both local and international artists to create everything from geometric sego lilies to a line-art portrait of Salt Lake City-born movie legend Loretta Young. Some works, like the angel wings (designed in house) at the corner of 100 South and Rio Grande Avenue, are ready-made for selfies and social-media exposure.
Arizona-based muralist Gina Ribaudo painted her “Legends of Rock” mural at The Gateway shopping complex in July. It depicts eight icons of rock ’n’ roll, from David Bowie and John Lennon to Freddie Mercury and Prince. She worked three weeks on the rock stars’ expressionist, color-splashed faces.
The rockers, on the wall outside California Pizza Kitchen, look out toward another Ribaudo mural: A painting of comedian Don Rickles, on the wall of Wiseguys Comedy Club.