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Shoe arch represents Utah youth in custody

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Posted at 4:16 PM, Mar 01, 2015
and last updated 2015-03-01 18:16:37-05

SALT LAKE CITY – Kids fulfilling community service hours have found a new use for their sneakers.

They’re making an arch out of the shoes they get each time they enter a facility, as part of the statewide Youth in Custody art program. The arch is made of 8484 shoes representing the number of kids in Juvenile Justice Services in 2013.

“There are a lot of kids in trouble, and I want to represent them because they’re part of our communities. We love them, we want to support them. I think sometimes it feels hidden to me, like they’re not a part of our lives, so this is to represent them,” said Abe Kimball, art director for Youth in Custody.

The arch will be on display at the Multi-Agency State Office Building, located at 195 North 1950 West in Salt Lake City.