See Ya Spida, mural by Donovan Mitchell, painted over at the gateway

SALT LAKE CITY One of the last remaining bastions of the Donovan Mitchell era has disappeared as the All-Star Guard mural in Gateway Mall has been painted over.

The painting, first commissioned in 2019, was located on the bridge that crossed 100 South on Rio Grande Street in the center of the popular downtown Salt Lake City mall.

Located just a stone’s throw from Vivint Arena, the “Donovan Mitchell Bridge” was clearly visible to thousands of jazz fans at every home game.

On Thursday, a painting team erected scaffolding and removed the Gateway mural, two months after Mitchell was sold to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Created by artists Chuck Landvatter and Jared Smith, the bridge was one of several jazz-themed murals that appeared in downtown Salt Lake City during the team’s numerous runs to the playoffs.

Another mural depicting iconic faces and moments from jazz history is on the south wall of the Zions Bank Building at 100 South and Main Streets.

A third mural is on the west side of Valter’s Osteria at 173 West Broadway, a popular stop for Italian food with touring NBA teams.

Neither the Zion Bank mural nor the painting on Valter’s show modern players that need to be removed.

Donovan Mitchell shines in Cleveland

Although the Donovan Mitchell Bridge painting has disappeared from the Gateway, the Guardian’s influence is still being felt throughout the NBA.

The former Jazzman is making a record start in Cleveland, averaging a career-high 31.1 points per game with 7.1 assists and 4.4 rebounds.

The Cavaliers are off to a strong start, 6-1, in second place in the Eastern Conference.

The Jazz, meanwhile, have hardly complained about the return they got for Mitchell, with Lauri Markkanen receiving early All-Star buzz while Collin Sexton has caused a stir from the bench.

Markkanen and Sexton helped lead the Jazz to a surprise 6-3 start to open the season.

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