Night View of Gordon Huether’s Pinnacle Creation, ‘The Peaks’ – One of the Largest in the Country

Written on November 14, 2023


See more about this amazing sculpture on The Peaks Project Page here.

A major 10-story-high artwork “The Peaks” by artist Gordon Huether was unveiled November 8 2023 at Salt Lake City International Airport. Travelers going in and out of this major Western U.S. travel hub are now welcomed by a 90-foot-tall, 75-ton gateway entry feature that evokes five mountains of weathered Corten steel — inspired by the Wasatch Mountains and paying tribute to Utah’s five Native American tribes as well as the five elements of the natural world: air, earth, fire, space and water.

“We are both humbled and proud to have created ‘The Peaks’ for the community of Salt Lake City,” said Huether. “This sculpture continues the theme established throughout the airport which is to celebrate the natural beauty of Utah.”

While ‘The Peaks’ tallest structure stands 90 feet high, its smallest structure is 40 feet high. The skin of each of the five sculptures has a graphic of the globe etched on the surface. A glass orb, placed near the top of the tallest peak, pinpoints the location of Utah on the globe.

‘The Peaks’ is the latest chapter in an innovative series of installations at SLC Airport, which commissioned Huether at the inception of its massive $4 billion airport transformation project. Huether created a cohesive program of site-specific artworks that support wayfinding and branding while also featuring the beauty, history and attractions of Salt Lake City and the State of Utah –supporting the tourism and economic development of the region. Huether’s first major artworks for SLC, the 360-foot-long ‘The Canyon’ and 65-foot-high ‘The Falls’ are already complete. ‘River Tunnel’ is set to debut in 2024 as an immersive experience in the airport’s thousand-foot-long underground connector.