A Guide to Provo’s Wall Murals

If you’ve been out and about this summer you might have noticed a few new wall murals popping up around town. Especially in our Downtown and Startup Districts, you can discover a variety of oversized canvases and giant portraits painted on the sides of our buildings. I’ve been loving the vibe these wall murals add to our downtown and how they are enhancing our surroundings.

You can spot quite a few wall murals located off of Center Street and other main roads in Provo, but not all of the wall murals are easy to find. There are a few murals tucked away behind a building or in an alley so I thought it would be fun to share a list of locations in Provo where you can find all of our eye-catching wall murals.

So without further ado, here is your guide to Provo’s wall murals:

The Boxcar Studios Wall Mural

I’m loving the mountain inspired minimalist design of this wall mural painted by artist Havoc Hendricks. To see this 400 square feet of line magic in person, you can find the wall mural located behind The Boxcar Studios at 156 W 500 S.

Lars Wall Mural

Have you visited the Lars Mural yet? What are you waiting for?! It’s located behind Block 100 Antiques (145 N University Ave) in Downtown Provo. Brittany Jepsen of The House that Lars Built designed and painted the wall mural in partnership with Dove.

Photo by: @tea_obsession

Sensuous Sandwich Wall Mural

This bright and colorful wall mural is painted on the side of Provo’s Sensuous Sandwich at 163 W Center Street. Commissioned by Nu Skin, this wall mural was painted by London artist Louis Masai.  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. You can learn more about the wall mural here.

Photo by: Kim Ashby

Dallas Clayton Wall Mural

Have you visited the Dallas Clayton wall mural located at 52 N 100 W on the west side of Provo Town Square parking terrace? It’s even better in person! Commissioned by Chat Books, renowned illustrator and children’s author, Dallas Clayton teamed up with little artists to paint this mural.

Photo by Hanna Ockey

Maeser Park Wall Mural

Maeser Park is a beautiful neighborhood park located at 600 S 500 E. A brand new wall mural has been painted on the wall bordering the park. This mural was completed by the Maeser Neighborhood and designed by Alex Vaughn, using a community grant. With the park nearly completely fenced, there is a walking path circling the park if you want to take a stroll while your children are playing on the playground. Come see if for yourself!

Leuven Provo Bike Mural

If you’re looking for a fun bright-pink wall or you have a love for bicycling, you will definitely want to find the Leuven bike mural. This mural is tucked back behind FoxGlove Flowers and Rent-A-Center near 470 E Center Street in Provo.


Provo Bicycle Collective Mural

The Provo Bicycle Collective is located at 397 E 200 N. Designed by George Patterson, the mural is made up of beautiful silhouettes of the most significant buildings of Provo in front of our mountains, highlighted by mountain bike trails. In the foreground are streets polka dotted with what seems to be bike routes, showing how wonderful a cycling city Provo is.


Dolphin Wall Mural

Located on 198 W Center Street (on the side of the Fruta Crush). This is a larger than life mural that you don’t see every day!  It is filled with some of the most gorgeous sea animals that are painted in bright/bold colors that provide a carefree and lively backdrop to your photos.

Photo by Kim Ashby

Tute Genomics Pixel Wall Murals

Nestled behind the NuSkin building and the Provo City Center Temple on 150 S 100 W you can find a series of gigantic pixellated portraits – Albert Einstein, Steve Jobs, Nikola Tesla, Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, and Oprah. Their creator is scientist and artist Reid Robison, the CEO of data-driven genetics company Tute Genomics. Robison said he wanted to use his office space to paint a unique tribute to several influential thinkers. Learn more about the pixel art here.

Photo by: Chase Lewis
Photo by: Chase Lewis
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Photo by: Chase Lewis
Photo by: Reid Robison

Provo River Trail Murals

Provo native and artist Jess Smiley designed and painted the murals along the Provo River Trail – located on 820 N 850 W and Columbia Lane. In an effort to clean up and brighten the area, the Provo City Police Department commissioned the murals. The tunnels are definitely a brighter and more colorful and safer place.



Fort Utah Wall Mural

The Fort Utah Wall Mural is located on 200 W Center Street (on the side of Canyon Bicycles). This wall mural displays a timeline of Provo’s history and depicts scenes of Fort Utah, Provo’s Railroad, Mill, and Public Schools. Some of the biggest moments in Provo’s history adorn this brick wall.


Sweets Wall Mural

Sweet’s Island Restaurant is located on 711 Columbia Lane in Provo. Painted by artist, Vaimoana Litia Makakaufaki Niumeitolu, this bright and colorful mural is to show that we are here to serve. You can find a variety of wall murals painted around the entire restaurant.

Photo by: Tiki Republic

Guru’s Wall Mural

This wall mural is located behind Gurus Cafe on the north end of the building on 45 E Center Street. You can access it by walking through the restaurant or by parking in the back in the Well’s Fargo parking structure north of the restaurant.


Stan McShinsky, GIS Web developer for the city, has created this awesome map that identifies all of the wall murals in Provo. Thanks Stan!

*No doubt I’ve offended someone by leaving a wall mural off my list. So let me know what I’ve missed and I’ll add it to the guide.

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Provo Produce Roundup

Love the taste of fresh fruit delivered straight to your tastebuds by friendly local farmers? Then Tuesday’s your lucky day! Provo’s Produce Roundup is every Tuesday at their new location, 424 S University Ave. The market, which will run from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm will sell produce, bread, salsa, honey and hopefully give people in the community a better opportunity to eat local fruits and vegetables. There will be food trucks as well!

Bring your family, meet your neighbors, and stock up on healthy, whole fruits and vegetables for the week. Stop in on your way home from the office to pick up fresh, local ingredients for a delicious dinner!

Provo’s Produce Roundup is also set up to process food stamps.

Hope to see you there!

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Power Now

Have you ever been in the middle of a power outage and you still flip the light switch? Or open the refrigerator and wonder why it’s dark?

Provo Power prides itself on being one of the most reliable power providers in the state and in the nation, but in the power industry, outages are very common and the causes are numerous. Be it a wind storm or heavy snow storm, a car accident, or an equipment failure – it happens, at some point, the power will go out. But let’s be honest, the majority of our customers don’t notice or have a thought about how the power is generated or how simple it is to access “power now”. That is, until the power goes out.

As a customer, would it ease the burden if you knew why the power went out and how long it will be out?

Provo Power is working hard to proactively communicate to our customers as much information about a power outage as possible. There are several ways to communicate, but not everyone uses the same methods, thus we face a dilemma in our communication efforts, but rest assured, if the power is out, we know it, and will do our very best to get it back on as safely and efficiently as possible.

Here are some best practices of what to do during a power outage:

  • Report the outage by calling 3-1-1 or (801) 852-6000. We still depend on customers calling to report power outages with any information pertaining to the outage including noises they heard or something they saw. (Keep in mind that if it is a very large power outage, the phone system can get overloaded and we use an automated system to take as many calls as possible.)
  • Outages that affect more than 50 customers at one time will be reported and updated on Facebook, Twitter and our website. If you have a smart phone you will be able to see updates and information regarding the outage. We are looking at a way to send text notifications to our customers but until that is implemented, referencing our pages is your best avenue for information.
  • Be patient. We can assure you that no matter the circumstance, our customers have our full attention and we will do our very best to get your power back on in the safest and most efficient way possible. Realize that although you may not have the convenience of power, we have our crews facing every element out there and that any mistake could cost someone’s life. Our customers are very important to us, but safety is our number one priority.

Be sure to follow Provo Power and like our pages to keep up to date on the latest information. ProvoPower.org | Facebook.com/ProvoPower | Twitter.com/ProvoPower.

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How to be a Graffiti Artist

Not all graffiti is gang-related. It’s often left by individuals seeking a thrill and notoriety. Either way, it’s a serious crime, and prompt reporting is critical. When you see graffiti, contact our Customer Service department by dialing 3-1-1. You can also report graffiti online using Provo’s Self Service Portal found on provo.org.

So what happens to the graffiti after that? Here’s a summary from our police department’s Community Oriented Policing (“COP”) team:

Graffiti reports come into our department in numerous ways: dispatch, the city website’s graffiti reporting tool, through the COP office number, our parks and recreation staff, officers on patrol, etc. An officer will respond and take a photograph of the graffiti (which we log in our files) and a crime report is written. We then also log the ‘tag’ names or image descriptives into a database that COP maintains so that when the same tag appears in the same style in multiple locations, we group them together so that if we apprehend or track down a suspect, we can refer those numerous multiple charges against the suspect for prosecution.

We send the cleanup requests to TAG (Teens Against Graffiti/HOPES work crew who work with the juvenile justice system) and they take their team out to remove the graffiti, only billing the city minimally for supplies used, not labor. There are usually young offenders on the crew working off criminal charges, as well as volunteers who make arrangements to assist. TAG completes the cleanup within 48 hours, except for on long weekends. Our firefighters also help to clean up hard to reach places such as over-passes, bridges, tall buildings, or dangerous locations. They assist in cleaning up within parks or along the river trail where possible. If graffiti has been reported yet still remains on view, don’t hesitate to call COP so that we can double-check if a crime report was taken, and ensure the cleanup takes place promptly.

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2017 Primary Election Results

The following election results have been reported on Provo’s Election Map. Many ballots still need to be counted and the results won’t be final until the election is canvassed. The next update will be August 18th.

The images above show the primary election results from last night.

The Daily Herald has updated the results from Tuesday’s municipal races for many Utah County cities. You can view the results here.

You can also read Daily Herald’s article about the Primary Election here.

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Today’s the Day!

If you didn’t mail-in your ballot yesterday, the polls are open from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm today at the Provo Recreation Center. You can easily place your ballot in the secure drop box at the Rec Center.

If you didn’t receive a ballot in the mail, you lost/misplaced your ballot, or you would like to affiliate, you may still vote provisionally at the Provo Recreation Center. Registered voters must bring a current ID (driver license with their current address or two items that have their current address).

Let’s keep Provo’s momentum going! Get out, cast your vote, and make your voice heard!

Where to watch election results?

You can watch Provo’s election results at utahcounty.gov/Dept/ClerkAud/Elections/ElectRslts/index.html. After the polls close, Utah County Elections will post a PDF of the latest election results every 30 min. You can watch the congressional election results at electionresults.utah.gov/elections/uscongress/3.

Feel free to visit VoteProvo.com if you have any questions.

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Last time to vote!

Your last chance to submit your mail-in ballot is today!

We’ve heard from the Utah County that approximately only 12% of the eligible ballots in Provo have been turned in. Make sure you get yours postmarked by Monday, Aug 14 before 6:00 pm.

If you don’t get it mailed in, the Provo Recreation Center is the only voting location open on Election Day – Tuesday, August 15 (7:00 am – 8:00 pm).

As you know your local government has the potential to affect you the most and it’s important you send in your ballot TODAY!

Let’s keep Provo’s momentum going!

Feel free to visit VoteProvo.com if you have any questions.

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Utah Lake Photo Contest

The Utah Lake Commission hosts an annual photo contest every summer. This contest promotes the beauty of Utah Lake, the fun recreational activities available there, and the amazing photos and videos taken by local photographers! This year the contest is sponsored by Allen’s Camera, Bonneville School of Sailing, Good life Rental, Lindon Marina, and Utah Paddle Boards. They have already started accepting submissions but you still have until 11:59 pm on September 15, 2017 to get your photos in!

Only photos taken within the 2017 calendar year will be accepted. Contestants may submit one photo in each of the following categories:

  • Utah Lake Scenery: photos of the lake in all seasons, ice, sunsets, reflections, etc.
  • Utah Lake Fun: images of people enjoying recreational activities at the lake.
  • Utah Lake Animal Life: images of animal, insect, or wildlife at Utah Lake.
  • Instagram: photos of anything and everything at Utah Lake.
  • Video: 1 minute video of recreation on Utah Lake.


Complete the following steps (with category-specific instructions below):

  1. Complete the google entry form for each submission at https://goo.gl/forms/Mw2jnZdXXxAbKobq1. You may submit one photo for each of the five categories.
  2. Email a digital .jpeg, or video, file of the photo to utahlakephotocontest@gmail.com by 11:59 pm on September 15, 2017. It must be at least 8MP (3264 x 2448). If you prefer, you may deliver your submission to the Utah Lake Commission on a USB flash/thumb drive or CD.
  3. Your .jpeg, or video, file must be titled by “Category.FirstNameLastName” (i.e. utahlakefun.janedoe)
  4. INSTAGRAM and VIDEO ONLY: in addition to an email submission, the photograph must be posted to your Instagram account with both of these hashtags: #utahlakephotos and #utahlakeapc.
  5. VIDEO ONLY: video submissions must be 30-60 seconds. Please make sure your video resolution is a minimum of 720 x 1280.


Photos will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • 40% Quality (focus, lighting, depth of view)
  • 40% Composition (creativity, arrangement)
  • 20% Originality (think beyond just a sunset at the lake)

*Instagram and Video judging will be done according to the following categories:

  • 1st  place –  Most likes (only likes on Instagram will count)
  • 2nd place – Utah Lake Commission Office Favorite (selected by staff of Utah Lake Commission)
  • 3rd place – Random selection INSTAGRAM CATEGORY ONLY (a random generator will select this winner)
  • 3rd place – Most Instagram Views VIDEO CATEGORY ONLY


Winners of the photography contest will be notified by email and featured on Utah Lake Commission social media There will also be a photo show at the Utah Lake Photo club meeting on October 27th to showcase the winners. First prize winners will be provided with contact information for their prize and will need to reach out to sponsors to claim it. Prizes will include:

Category 1st place prize
Utah Lake Wildlife Sunset Cruise form Bonneville Sailing
Utah Lake Scenery $250 Gift Card from Allen’s Camera
Utah Lake Fun Half-day Ski boat rental from Utah Paddle Boards
Instagram Water sport rental package for 5 people from Lindon Marina
Video JetSki rentals for 2 people from Good Life Rentals
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S’mores Party at Utah Lake

In celebration of National S’mores Day, Utah Department of Natural Resources is hosting a party at the lake on Thursday, August 10th from 4:00 – 8:00 pm at Utah Lake State Park (4400 West Center St, Provo). Bring your family and friends to this yummy event for fun and delicious s’mores by campfire.

Activities include:

  • Campfires
  • Skewers and s’mores fixin’s – Chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers. Bring your favorite s’more recipe to share!
  • 4 water bounce houses
  • 1 dry bounce house
  • Dunk a ranger in a dunk tank
  • And much more!

For more information visit: utahlake.utah.gov

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Learn more about Net Metering!

If you’re interested in solar or would like to learn more about net metering – come check out Provo City Power’s Info Meeting at 6:30 pm, Wednesday night (August 9th) in the Provo Power Building located at 251 West 800 North. You’ll meet with staff, discuss the benefits of solar panels and learn about the whole process! This is a great meeting for customers who are interested in net metering, all existing net metering customers, and any solar companies that want to receive the most recent information about how solar panels work, how they connect to the electric utility and what rates net metering customers should expect to be paying.

Topics of discussion will include:

  • Net Metering and the Electrical Grid
  • Net Metering Rates
  • When Solar Panels Work for you

If you have questions about the event please contact the office by calling 801-852-6886 or by email at info@provopower.org.

What is Net Metering?

Net Metering, also known as “Solar Power Generation”, is a system in which solar panels are connected to a public-utility power grid and surplus power is transferred onto the grid and the customers are then credited for the power generated at a rate approved by the municipal council. For example, you can view Provo’s current net metering rates here.

Provo Power is an advocate for renewable energy resources, and is even using a solar array at their administration office. Provo Power and UMPA (Utah Municipal Power Agency) are working to create programs of awareness and offer community solar options where customers can participate without the up-front capital costs. It is the goal of Provo Power to promote and use renewable resources where appropriate, but to also inform our customers of the latest trends and demands in the electric industry.

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