Spray Painter Makes Art Out of Everyday Objects

Spray Painter Makes Art Out of Everyday Objects

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News Specialist Sammy Linebaugh reporting

If you've been downtown this holiday, you may have seen the spray paint artist.

He's been all over the world, working his craft, but decided to stop in Salt Lake for Christmas.

For Antonio Maycott, yesterday's want ads are much more than trash. They are a tool to create images that remind him of his childhood in Mexico.

He uses spraypaint, an old bowl, sometimes a coin or the lid of a peanut butter jar.

He's painted in cities from Tokyo to New York, but chose Salt Lake this Christmas after a visit two seasons ago.

"I came here and saw the temple and saw the lights and saw a lot of people, and I thought there are a lot of people, I can paint here," Maycott says.

He set up shop this Thanksgiving, here on Main Street, where thousands walk by, browse, and sometimes buy a painting or two.

All seem to marvel at the way he uses everyday items to make art.

From here, Antonio says he's headed to San Francisco, but a lot of people downtown say they wish more people like him would share their talents with Salt Lake.

"Makes coming downtown a little more interesting. You never know what to expect. If there was more of this downtown it would be something to come down and see," says Steve Talbot.

For now, it's one man's hobby -- making this holiday magic.

Antonio will be in Salt Lake through the New Year, right there on Main Street, and says next year he plans on coming back.

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