SOUTH SALT LAKE — A well known Salt Lake space artist mentioned the City of South Salt Lake will not let him paint a mural, as a result of the mural could be situated on one of many exterior partitions of a strip membership.
Shae Petersen paints commissioned items and public artworks in Utah and throughout the nation.
Most of his work often fills massive areas, like a 200-foot wall mural depicting Greek gods at a enterprise on 300 West in South Salt Lake.
That explicit wall caught the attention of Thomas Eddy.
“I always thought, ‘Hey if I had a business building like that, that I’d want something like that,'” he mentioned.
Eddy mentioned he ended up buying Exotic Kitty in South Salt Lake simply over a yr in the past, and HE spent months on a big rework in and outdoors of the constructing.
He mentioned he wished to, “Make a really nice place here, and clean it up a little bit.”
Part of cleansing that up, he defined, included plans for a mural just like the one on 300 West to fill one of many exterior partitions.
He employed Petersen, and mentioned he gave Petersen the liberty to categorical no matter he wished to.
“I want it to be visually striking, so I try to use a lot of colors that are very appealing, but also very powerful,” Petersen defined.
Petersen got here up with the design and idea for a mural stuffed with vivid pinks and purples, and a lady with a panther.
“A big, strong cat, and kind of more of like a soft woman in the background,” he mentioned, describing the mural.
But, in contrast to the mural Petersen painted on the opposite South Salt Lake enterprise, he mentioned he confronted nothing however purple tape in making an attempt to get the challenge began.
“City jumped in and said, ‘Okay business owner may like it but we don’t,'” he mentioned.
Eddy offered a letter to Fox 13 from the South Salt Lake City Planner that said, “The sign you seek to have painted on the exterior of Exotic Kitty is not permitted under South Salt Lake Municipal Code.”
Petersen mentioned he was prepared to tweak the design, however mentioned town did not see that as an choice.
“Rather than them coming back and saying, ‘We want anything changed,’ they just flat out said that, ‘No. This is a sign. Nothing’s approved,'” he mentioned.
The artist mentioned he is by no means seen anybody classify a mural as a signal.
He and Eddy defined they suppose town determined to accomplish that on this case due to the type of enterprise the mural could be painted on.
“I felt they were singling our business out, because of the type of business it was,” Eddy mentioned.
“So with that, they can’t just blatantly deny a mural but what they can do is say, ‘Hey, this is a sign and we have restrictions,” Petersen mentioned.
He now plans to battle the choice. Petersen mentioned he launched a petition that is gathered 2,000 signatures and can attend a listening to with town in January.
If they nonetheless deny the mural, Petersen mentioned he plans to sue.
Fox 13 reached out to South Salt Lake Friday night, however didn’t hear again.