Sure, those of you outside of the land of Zion are wondering why the 4th is being celebrated so late on this weird blog from the hinterlands.
Well, that is because in Utah no one cares much about our national holiday. That’s right. The 4th? Nope. The real holiday is the 24th, the day the first Mormon pioneers arrived in Salt Lake: Pioneer Day. Much more important than any signing of any kind of declaration back east somewhere sometime in the previous century. The flag waving, the picnics, the fireworks, even the parades are postponed until the 24th. I have been told that it’s not just me who finds this whole thing odd…apparently everyone that moves to this state is horribly baffled. It doesn’t help when you move just a few days before the 4th and a few weeks before the 24th.
So since its almost the 24th, I thought this would be a good day to view some local murals in celebration of this day.
The old railway station in the center of town is no longer functioning, but luckily someone realized it was a cool building and put it on the National Register of Historic Places. While it’s not quite Grand Central,
Such artwork always causes my mind to drift ever so slowly to propaganda art. Of course, I am in no way saying these murals or any of the typical American New Deal style art is propaganda. However, it might, on occasion, be a slight manipulation of reality. But everyone does this…every country. Some better than others, some manipulate more than others. Of course the communist countries take the cake every time. And there happens to be a North Korean art exhibit on right now in Vienna! And as per last week, there has been some stir…some complaints. But I for one, find these images positively fascinating and endlessly amusing. How could I pass this up? It’s not possible. So here is a quick peek…