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projects are helping to turn this
condition around.
A case in point is the new Salt Lake
City International Airport terminal
that opened in September 2020.
Designed by HOK architects and
embellished by a glorious fabric art
installation by public artist Gordon
Heuther, the new terminal upgrades
the city's 60-year-old airport facilities.
Heuther-with the help of an expert
team of fabric structure specialists:
Rainier Display, Pfeifer FabriTec and
Charles Duvall Design Inc.-created
" The Canyon, " a dynamic fabric
construction that is prominently on
view in the main concourse where
thousands of passengers scurry by each
week on their way to departure gates.
The main terminal project scope for

HOK included 4 million square feet
of facility improvements, including
wayfinding guides (such as " The
Canyon " ), and artistic seating areas
that make the transitional experience
much more pleasant.
In fact, people regularly pause to
take in the fabric art, and since its
opening in late September, an upperlevel pedestrian bridge that crosses
the concourse hall has become a
favorite spot for selfies, as the artwork
transfixes commuters in their tracks.
Says Heuther, " It is my strong opinion
that the most successful large-scale
public art is about the place, the
mission and the art itself-not the
artist. " Heuther, a Napa, Calif.-based
artist specializing in large-scale, sitespecific art installations, was inspired
by the way Utah's nature replaces itself
and gradually changes over time, says
Rainier Displays' Bruce Dickinson, vice
president for business development.
" The installation is meant to evoke
Utah's natural landscape of unique
geological formations. "

A team coalesces

UPPER: Each panel of fabric fins is composed of several dozen tube frames (each unique), here
laid out for verification in Rainier Displays' shop. LOWER: Tubular fabric frames are matched to
a full-size paper pattern and numbered on the upper walls to ensure precise installation of the
sculptural elements. Installation was by Pfeifer FabriTec Structures. Photos: Rainier Displays.

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For the team, " The Canyon " was
almost five years in the making.
Beginning with the Salt Lake City
Department of Airports (SLCDA),
" the prime objective from the start
was to celebrate the natural beauty of
Utah in a full, architecturally integrated
art program, " says Heuther. " The
result is a series of installations, each
telling a different story about Utah's
environment: 'The Canyon,' a 'Canyon
2.0' [for Phase 2 North Concourse],
and 'The River Tunnel' [for a Phase 3
connecting tunnel between the main
and north terminals]. "
Established working relationships
played a strong role in the formation
of a team to see the original vision
through to final installation. HOK,



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