Art Along the Airport TRAX Line

Airport TRAX Line Artwork Date posted: April 12, 2013

When you’re riding the Airport TRAX Line, don’t forget to take a look at the artwork at each station. Every stop features a unique piece of art designed to enhance the public transit experience and reflect the area’s rich cultural and natural history.

You won’t need a ticket to ride the line on Saturday, April 13 if you participate in the Food is Your Fare program. Simply bring a can of food to donate to the Utah Food Bank and ride the Airport Line free of charge. Don’t forget to enjoy the free music, food and activities that will be featured at each station as part of the Community Celebration. You can also pick up one of 200 complementary passes to ride the Airport Line during the Friday, April 19 Gallery Stroll at Mestizo Coffeehouse, 631 W. North Temple.

North Temple Bridge Station

Crystal Light, by Catherine Widgery of Cambridge, Mass.

More than 114 pieces of etched glass were used in Crystal Light, the art installation that encompasses the elevator, escalator, and platform windscreens at the North Temple Bridge station. The artwork was designed to embody the energy generated by the dramatic weather patterns along the Wasatch Front. Keep an eye out for the steel discs embedded in the cement to help reflect the light as pedestrians walk across the platforms.

Jackson Euclid Station

Comunidades en Solidaridad: A Collective Transformative Vision, by Ruby ChacĂłn of Salt Lake City

The murals at Jackson Euclid station are a true community effort, involving local artist Ruby Chacón, the Mestizo Arts and Activism Collective, the Mestizo Institute of Culture and Arts, Mestizo Coffeehouse, as well as more than 500 community members, writers, and artist apprentices. The concept for the murals was created by analyzing surveys that had been handed out throughout the community. Local poets, including an 11-year-old boy, then added the written works. The result is a colorful collection of images that reflect the vibrant neighborhoods along the Airport TRAX Line.

Fair Park Station

Fairpark Convergence, by Nancy Gutkin O’Neil of New Orleans, La.

The Utah State Fair Park’s  history comes to life in Nancy Gutkin O’Neil’s windscreen panels. To create the designs, O’Neil conducted interviews, studied archival records, and researched the Fair Park neighborhood. The panels include a collage of details, including  historical photographs, textile patterns taken from homes in the area, and hand-written notes from the 1856 Book of Records of the Deseret Agricultural and Manufacturing Society.

Power Station

The Power Station, by Darl Thomas of Salt Lake City

Local sculptor Darl Thomas was inspired by the nearby Rocky Mountain Power station when creating the benches at the Power Station stop. Designed to resemble wind turbines, the benches are made of stainless steel, bronze and aluminum. The wind screens have also been etched with images of  wires and insulators to reflect the appearance and history of the power station.

1950 West Station

Spatial Perception, by Shawn Porter of Salt Lake City

Artist Shawn Porter polishes his sculpture before the Airport TRAX Line opening.

Shawn Porter was inspired by the area’s rich natural resources when creating his sculptures for the 1950 West Station stop. The stainless steel, bronze, and copper designs mirror the wetlands and wildlife that exist throughout the Salt Lake Valley. Because this station is located close to the Utah State Library for the Blind and Disabled, Porter made the installation accessible to the seeing impaired. The sculptures include Braille to help describe the artwork and the animals they feature.

Salt Lake City International Airport Station

The Canyon, by Gordon Huether of Napa, Calif.

If the vertical yellow bars that line the Salt Lake City International Airport station look familiar, don’t be surprised. Huether took his inspiration for the 96-foot structure from the Wasatch Mountains. The sculpture varies in height from three to nine feet, and changes perspective as the viewer travels alongside it.

The artwork along the Airport Line is part of the Art in Transit project, and was created through a collaborative effort between the Salt Lake City Arts Council and UTA. Public input was included when selecting the six artists who are featured along the line. Artwork descriptions were adapted from information provided by Public Arts Program Manager Roni Thomas of the Salt Lake City Arts Council.

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