In 2014 I was commissioned by the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City to create Bonneville Reliquary Bend for the newly refurbished Sugar House Monument Plaza, 1100 East 2100 South, Salt Lake City, UT.
This new series of ten bronze sculptures of Bonneville Cutthroat trout (Utah's State fish) swim singly and in groups that align in hoops allegorical of a river. 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 flows directly under the plaza, and the underground Canal System constructed for agriculture in the 19th 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.
This new group of ten trout align with and complete two previous groups; Bonneville Reliquary (2005) of five trout one block to the West along 2100 South, and Bonneville Reliquary Upstream (2009) of five trout two blocks to the East along 2100 South.
This area has seen big transformations in the past few years, with a trolley linked to the larger lightrail network, resulting in blocks of modern apartments and restaurants anchoring the plaza. The new urban design removed a street for right turns & parking, and put in a pedestrian friendly plaza showcasing Millard Filmore Malin’s historic monument The Founders of Pioneer Industry (1930-34) with its fountain restored, and separate water feature to cool pedestrians.
To see the process of creating and installing the commission: https://dangerhart.wordpress.com/category/public-art-2/cutthroat-public-art/