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All Photos By Gail
If you don’t know already, it will soon became apparent from my posts that I was recently traveling (on vacation) in the beautiful state of Utah! Our first stop on a ten-day road trip was Salt Lake City, where I was able to see this ‘floating boulder,’ entitled Asteroid Landed Softly (1994) by Japanese artist Kazuo Matsubayashi, from my window at the Marriott hotel!
Aside from being a stunning public landmark, Asteroid Landed Softly is a working sundial that also suggests the image of Southern Utah’s landscape. The sundial works through a slit in the tower (seen in the above photo) as a beam of sunlight is cast on the plaza floor.
The mirrored column supporting the pinkish-brown rock also beautifully reflects the changing faces of the surrounding office buildings and fluctuating weather patterns to offer a limitless number of perspectives that can be captured in photos. I did not realize when I took this particular photo that I had also captured a resting pigeon!
The above photo was taken a bit later in the day, so there’s a complete shadow on the face of the sundial. You can read more about this beautiful and functional work of public art at This Link!
Photographed at The Gallivan Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
This is the Place Heritage Park is a Utah State Park located on the east side of Salt Lake City, at the foot of the Wasatch Range and near the mouth of Emigration Canyon. The park’s location is where, on July 24, 1847, Brigham Young first saw the Salt Lake Valley, which would soon become the new home for the Mormon pioneers.
Members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believe Young had a vision shortly after they were exiled from Nauvoo, Illinois. In the vision, he saw the place where the Latter-day Saints would settle and “make the desert blossom like a rose” and where they would build their State of Deseret. As the account goes, Young was very sick with Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and was riding in the back of a wagon. After exiting Emigration Canyon and cresting a small hill, he asked to look out of the wagon. Those with him opened the canvas cover and propped him up so he could see the empty desert valley below. He then proclaimed, “It is enough. This is the right place. Drive on.” The words, “this is the place,” were soon heard throughout the wagon train as the Mormon pioneers descended into the valley, their long journey having come to an end. A Utah state holiday, Pioneer Day, occurs each year on July 24 to commemorate the entry of the Mormon pioneers into the valley.
This Is The Place (1990), a fun and colorful painting by local Salt Lake City artist Susannah Kirby pays tribute to Young (who is seen at the top left side of the canvas) and his famous declaration, while also including nods and winks to various notable Salt Lake City facts and figures, including actress Loretta Young (no relation Brigham), depicted on the top right side of the painting. You can also spot diverse visual references to things Utah is known for, including Snelgrove ice cream parlors, the Native American tribe Ute (from which the state takes it’s name), and the Framed ‘Home Sweet Home’ slogan over a Beehive, as Utah is the Beehive State. Meticulously reconstructed skeletal remains of the dinosaurs seen roaming freely in the foreground are now on display in Salt Lake City’s Natural History Museum of Utah.
Photographed in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) in Salt Lake City.