Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski, along with the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City (RDA) and Salt Lake City Arts Council has announced that Refik Anadol will design a major public art installation for the newly revamped Regent Street.
Anadol will create a proposal for the crowning piece of Regent’s redevelopment that will formalize the street as the core of a thriving arts and cultural district, and enhance Salt Lake City’s tourist and economic potential for decades to come.
“Public art provides a new way to experience Salt Lake City. It inspires community, creates identity, and adds vibrancy,” says Dana Hernandez, Public Art Program Manager. “But most importantly public art helps stimulate creativity and build a sense of place for residents and visitors alike. The Regent Street project will be the Salt Lake City’s largest public art project ever commissioned.”
Anadol’s challenge? To create a piece that bears witness to Salt Lake’s history as a vibrant and diversified community. It must respond to the architectural and natural environment but also withstand Utah’s climate.
How will he approach it? A public “call for memories”. Anadol is seeking input in the form of “memories” to contribute to a community-wide initiative. Submitted materials will be translated to data points within a vast virtual archive of community memory. Refik Anadol Studio describes the ﬁnal product of the project as a “dynamic work of abstract digital art, forever evolving to tell the ever changing story of our community”.
The first public open house to meet the artist and share your memories of Salt Lake City is June 9th, Saturday 4PM – 7PM. Follow Salt Lake City’s social media channels for more on the Memory Project.
Refik Anadol is based in Los Angeles, where he is a visiting researcher and lecturer at UCLA’s Department of Design Media Arts. You can see more of his work on his website, as well as on Instagram, Vimeo, and Behance.
Salt Lake City selected Refik Anadol from a pool of 136 respondents to the RDA and Arts Council’s Request for Qualifications. Over 3 years in the making, this public artwork is the final element of the RDA’s $12-million reconstruction of the area. The project has a budget of up to $2 million and will be managed by the Salt Lake City Art Council’s public art program.
After developing a formal concept, Anadol’s proposal will be presented in-person to the Salt Lake Art Design Board for consideration, where if approved, will be shown to Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski for final approval.