SALT LAKE CITY — The Salt Lake City International Airport has announced the completion of the first of seven art installations by national public artist, Gordon Huether.
The airport is undergoing a $4.1 billion Airport Redevelopment Program designed to address the airport’s operational needs, seismic requirements and security standards while creating one of the world’s most modern and distinctive airports.
The visual aesthetic of the new main terminal will play a prominent role in the final outcome of the airport’s new design.
The first of Huether’s seven structurally significant installations, “The Falls” has recently completed installation.
Comprised of roughly 300 dichroic glass panels, and 220 hand drawn glass and Pyrex rods, this 65-foot-tall suspended sculpture cascades down the escalator well at the entrance to the new main terminal and makes use of the natural light this location receives from the terminal’s glass facade to create an astonishing array of ever-changing colors and patterns on adjacent surfaces. The installation is inspired by Utah’s natural beauty and is meant to resemble the waterfalls dispersed among the state’s canyon landscape.
The entire suspended sculpture weighs a staggering 5,000 pounds and is attached to the terminal ceiling with spring boots to help retain tension on the cables during the winter months when the roof bends under the weight of up to four feet of snow.
Huether’s largest art feature at The New SLC airport, titled “The Canyon”, is nearing completion as well. This art installation features over 500 individual tensile membrane fins attached to the walls of the new main terminal, of which roughly 50% have been placed. The Northwest wall is complete, with the Southern and Northeastern walls remaining.
The first of four architecturally integrated Column Plates, located in a gathering area for both arriving and departing passengers in The New SLC terminal, has been installed.
At 18 feet high and 17 feet at their widest point, these massive structures help to create a visual distinction for the various activities taking place in the open space. Echoing the sculptural theme of The Canyon walls, the columns provide visual interest and will function as seating as well as sculptural elements.