Rose Crossing: A new addition to the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center
THE BLOCKS SLC will unveil Rose Crossing, a Rose Wagner-inspired street mural by Jann Haworth on 300 S in front of the
Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center this August!
The unveiling will take place before the Rose Exposed performances on Saturday, August 24 at 6 PM. The unveiling is free & open to the public, no tickets required.
Jann Haworth is the Mom of the British Pop Art movement – the Mom of Pop – perhaps best known as the co-designer of The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. Her other large-scale work in Salt Lake City includes the SLC Pepper mural on 400 W between 200 S and 300 S, the Dennis Hopper mural at Pictureline and the traveling exhibit Work In Progress.
From the artist:
“Murals tell the visual story of an area. Designing a crosswalk as a mural opportunity asks the artist to think carefully about safety needs for both drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Further, the idea asks how to reflect place, give photo narrative opportunities and add color to an area. With this in mind, my first thought was safety and how not to confuse drivers by inhibiting their ‘low perspective’ view of a crosswalk. The area has a lot going on with parking/bike lanes/crosswalks, facilities, restaurants, valet parking and traffic lights, not to mention pedestrians.
“My second thought was this will be the third time I’ve got to do something on Broadway. My grandfather and his brother were actors around and after the turn of the 20th century. They too, were on Broadway, but in New York City. And then there is the Rose Wagner itself. I have been to many, many performances there; my late husband’s citizenship ceremony was there; my son-in-law (who is performing in this year’s Rose Exposed: #TRENDING) and my daughter are both actors and have performed there; I have designed costumes for Plan-B; I have accompanied my daughter to many plays that she has reviewed for The Salt Lake Tribune and Gephardt Daily; I’ve loved seeing the Sundance Film Festival films there. Then too, there is SB Dance, Spy Hop, Samba Fogo and Rose Exposed.
“The Rose is a cultural pump house. So the artwork had to be a rose, with the intersection of four spotlights creating the rose design…a Rose Crossing.”