The Salt Lake City Arts Council and the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City (RDA) invite the public to celebrate the completion of the Regent Street Public Art Project, Pages of Salt, by artist Ned Kahn on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on McCarthey Plaza at 144 S. Regent Street. The celebration will include comments from Salt Lake City Officials starting at 4:30 p.m., a meet-and-greet with the artist Ned Kahn, and music, food, and drink from Downtown businesses.
Pages of Salt is comprised of stainless-steel rods and 336 Teflon flags that cover the entire north façade of the Walker Center Garage. The work’s themes are specific to its location on Regent Street, and in Utah more broadly.
In Kahn’s research as part of responding to the Arts Council’s Request for Qualifications for the project, he became fascinated with the site’s connection to the printing presses of both The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News, which were located on Regent Street for over 80 years. The images of hundreds of newspaper pages draped on conveyer belts echo the many identical swaying parts Kahn often utilizes in his wind sculptures. The artwork is intended to suggest a vertical cloud of newspapers swaying in the wind.
Kahn was also inspired by the Great Salt Lake and the salt flats it leaves behind. The flags’ light-catching whiteness and square cutouts reflect the crystalline structure of salt and the patterns left by the receding lake. By making the wind patterns visible, Kahn hopes to stir a sense of awe and appreciation for our environment and allow viewers to reflect on their relationship with nature.
Managed by the City’s Public Art Program and funded with $2.2 million from the RDA’s major reconstruction of Regent Street, Pages of Salt is Salt Lake City’s largest investment in a single piece of public art to date.
WHEN: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
*brief speaking program begins at 4:30 p.m.
WHERE: McCarthey Plaza at 144 S. Regent Street
“As one of the first midblock streets to cut through the City’s large 10-acre blocks, Regent Street has a storied history,” commented Mayor Biskupski. “This public artwork pays subtle homage to its uses while complementing the street’s specific historical and creative design elements. It’s an amazing addition to the aesthetic and cultural assets of the City.”
“Pages of Salt is the final component of the RDA’s restoration and revitalization of this historic street,” said RDA Chief Operating Officer Danny Walz. “This large-scale work will serve as an artistic anchor for Block 70, drawing people into the center of the block and activating the street in a positive and creative way.”
About the Artist:
Based in Northern California, Ned Kahn has created over 100 public works in the last 30 years, throughout the country and abroad. His installations often mirror or respond to nature, engaging wind, water, fog, and light to bring an increased appreciation of the natural environment. In his initial application for the Regent Street Project, Kahn wrote “I am deeply fascinated with the history and phenomena of the Great Salt Lake and the surrounding region. I am intrigued with the idea of creating an artwork for Regent Street that would draw its inspiration from the amazing natural forces and phenomena that occur in the region as well as responding to the actual forces that are present on the Regent Street site.”
About the Project Partners
The Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City works with communities to implement Salt Lake City’s master plans to create vital housing opportunities, improve infrastructure, and participate in the economic development of the City. For more information on RDA projects and programs, go to www.slcrda.com.
The Salt Lake City Arts Council resides within the Arts Division in the Department of Economic Development. The organization both produces programs and supports other arts activities and groups throughout Salt Lake City. For more information, please visit www.saltlakearts.org.