Bonneville Reliquary

2005 commission Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City
SugarhouseDistrict, 2100 S. 1040 E, Salt Lake City,UT

This series of seven outdoor bronze sculptures consists of five Bonneville Cutthroat trout (Utah’s state fish) swimming through hoops allegorical of a river, and two large medallions in low relief abstractly picturing a fish underwater and a splash. Swimming up stream, the fish commemorate the rich water history of Sugar House, once the crossroads of the city's irrigation system. The work references the lost riparian ecosystems of the West, in particular Parley's Creek which is diverted underground one block to the east, and the underground Canal System constructed for agriculture in the 19 th century which flows through the area. The Bonneville cutthroat was native to the ancient Lake Bonneville. This trout species can still be found in mountain lakes and streams. As urban sprawl makes harder demands on the delicate local ecosystem, the last remnants of biodiversity vanish unnoticed.
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