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The Peaks – Salt Lake City International Airport

Salt Lake City International Airport | Salt Lake City, UT | Corten Steel | Five peaks, from 39'H to 90'H, approximately 75 tons | Unveiling November 2023


See stunning night views of “The Peaks” as travelers enter and exit the
Salt Lake City International Airport:

 

The Peaks stands as a monumental and momentous gateway at Salt Lake City International Airport, a tribute to the exquisite natural beauty of Utah. Inspired by the grandeur of the Wasatch Mountains, this sculpture pays homage to the five major Native American tribes of Utah: the Ute, Diné (Navajo), Paiute, Goshute, and Shoshone. Additionally, it symbolizes the five essential elements of the natural world: air, earth, fire, space, and water.

Each of the five towering Peaks is constructed from weathering Corten steel.  The surface of these steel structures features an abstracted graphic of the world map, with the solid areas denoting landmass and the expanded metal symbolizing the vastness of our oceans. At the pinnacle of the tallest peak, a cast glass orb marks the geographical location of Utah, providing visitors with a distinctive “You Are Here” moment.

The tallest of the Peaks reaches an impressive height of 90 feet, which is roughly equivalent to that of a 12-story building, while the smallest stands at 39 feet. Collectively, these sculptures weigh approximately 75 tons.

About Gordon Huether and the Salt Lake City International Airport Redevelopment Plan

Since 2015, Gordon Huether and his team have partnered with the Salt Lake City Department of Airports to realize the ambitious Terminal Redevelopment Program at Salt Lake City International Airport. This extensive project involves a comprehensive art master plan integrated into the new, state-of-the-art terminal, which is among the largest construction projects in the United States. Gordon Huether’s involvement includes the creation of numerous large-scale art installations within the terminal, curation of the airport’s fine art collection, and facilitation of future public art opportunities. The program’s goal is to replace the outdated, aging terminals with a single, modern facility capable of accommodating local and hub needs. This $1.8 billion initiative, scheduled for completion in 2023, is funded through federal grants, user fees, airport revenue bonds, and reserves, generating employment and economic growth without local tax funding.

Read more about Gordon Huether and the
Salt Lake City International Airport Redevelopment Project:
https://gordonhuether.com/salt-lake-city-international-airport-project/

Other Gordon Huether Installations at the
Salt Lake City International Airport:
The Canyon:  https://gordonhuether.com/slc-the-canyon/
Hoberman Arch:  https://gordonhuether.com/hoberman-arch-salt-lake-city-airport/
River Tunnel:  https://gordonhuether.com/river-tunnel/

Watch the unveiling ceremony for “The Peaks” at Salt Lake City International Airport:

 

Listen / Watch Radio Interview with Gordon Huether about “The Peaks,” on Salt Lake City Radio KLS “Dave and Dujanovic Show”