Celebrated Local Artist to Create “Rose Crossing” Mural at Downtown Crosswalk


Local artist Jann Haworth is creating the Rose Crossing mural to highlight the abundance of world-class performances at “The Rose” and serve as a traffic calming mechanism on 300 South. The mural is a project of THE BLOCKS, Utah’s premier arts and entertainment district in downtown Salt Lake City.

Color foundations will be set down August 11. The public unveiling will take place August 24 at 6 p.m. in conjunction with Rose Wagner Performing Arts Coalition’s annual event Rose Exposed: #TRENDING. Performers and artists from Plan-B, Ririe Woodbury, Repertory Dance Theater, SB Dance, Gina Bachauer and PYGmalion Productions will each perform new pieces or excerpts from original works. 

“The Rose is a cultural pump house and this mural helps tell the visual story of the area,” said Haworth. “Designing a crosswalk as a mural asks the artist to think carefully about safety needs for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians. Further, the idea asks how to reflect place, give photo narrative opportunities and add color to an area. So the artwork had to be a rose, with the intersection of four spotlights creating the rose design…a Rose Crossing.” 

“We hope Rose Crossing will spark people’s curiosity about what happens inside the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center,” said Sarah Pearce, division director for Salt Lake County Arts & Culture. “There is always something happening in the venue that is artistically unexpected and wonderfully creative and all genres – dance, theater, film, music – have a home here.” 

Rose Crossing is a new visual art project from THE BLOCKS, Salt Lake’s Cultural Core. THE BLOCKS promotes the vibrant arts and entertainment opportunities within Salt Lake’s cultural core downtown. 

Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.