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Salt Lake City Intl Airport: New Artwork ‘The Canyon’ Awaiting Prize


The artwork lining the walls of the new Salt Lake City International Airport could win an international award, but it is up to the public to help the artwork achieve that goal.

See “The Canyon” at Salt Lake City International Airport

  • Gordon Huether’s “The Canyon” is one of 100 large-scale community works of art from around the world that have been nominated for a CODA Audience Award – an annual award given to “outstanding works that successfully integrate art. in interior, architectural and public spaces, “according to a press release sent to Deseret News.
  • Working on a budget of $ 5 million, Huether and architectural firm HOK sought to create an indoor canyon at the new airport, which opened in September 2020.
  • As the main artist, Huether brought the shapes and ridges of Utah’s canyons to life along the walls of the airport. “The main goal was to bring the outdoors in and give visitors to the state of Utah a sense of belonging,” according to codaworx.com.
  • “The Canyon” is “the central art installation at Salt Lake City International Airport,” the Deseret News reported. As part of the Salt Lake City airport redevelopment program, “Canyon 2.0” will be installed in a hall whose construction will be completed in 2024, according to codaworx.com.
  • “The Canyon” and “Canyon 2.0” won’t be Huether’s only jobs at the airport, however. The “River Tunnel,” another Utah-inspired piece with sound effects of blue light and water, reported the Deseret News. The planned installation date is 2024.

How to vote for ‘The Canyon’

  • Thirty countries submitted hundreds of commissioned art projects for review this year, accounting for $ 477 million in commission fees, according to the press release. The two projects that receive the most votes online will receive the CODA Audience Award.
  • Voting is open now and will run until June 30. People can vote for their favorite work on codaworx.com. The winners will be announced on August 30.
  • Other works of art in the running include painted windows from a redeveloped All Saints Church in Nuremberg, Germany; the “Animalia” exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum in New Jersey; and a 30 foot aluminum arch beacon that sits at the entrance to the Edmonton Police Center in Canada.
  • Toni Sikes, CEO of CODAworx, said in a statement that the People’s Choice contest can get “pretty hot,” with heavy traffic, even causing the website to crash every now and then.
  • “It’s an exciting race to the finish line, the equivalent of the Tour de France in the art world! Sikes said.


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