Why You’re Seeing “Flying Objects” Art in Downtown Salt Lake City

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 News) People who visit downtown Salt Lake City might see some public art being taken and installed. Public art program manager Dana Hernandez joined Good Morning Utah with Emily Clark to talk about why that may be.

If you’ve been downtown along 300 South between 400 West and 300 East, you’ve see the public art along the median. That art is called the Flying Objects series. The pieces that are up right now will be taking down this Friday (tomorrow).

The new, permanent pieces will be installed throughout the day Saturday. There will 18 new art pieces installed.

The Flying Objects series began in 2005 when downtown Salt Lake City was under considerable construction for the City Creek Center.

The project was designed by the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City in partnership with the Salt Lake City Public Art Program to stage a series of temporary, rotating sculptures, installed in three locations that added color, shape, interest, whimsy, and vitality to the streetscape through a curated series of sculptures in a range of styles and materials.

Since then, four series’ of Flying Objects have been accomplished with great support from the artists and community; each series being installed for a period of 2 to 2½ years.

Of course, a lot of time and consideration went into the selection of the next series of art pieces since they will be permanent.

Each selected artist/team is paid an honorarium for the loan of their work. At the end of the project period the artwork is returned to the artists. All Flying Objects 4.0 sculptures are currently for sale through the artists.

In the past there has been some controversy – or at least "buzz" – for some of the pieces.

That is not uncommon for public art. In fact, we hope much of the public art around Salt Lake City is seen, enjoyed, and perhaps used to create a conversation. Salt Lake City’s Public Art Program provides opportunities for artists to create artwork that enhance or is integrated into public buildings and public spaces.

The program’s purpose is to add high quality, site-specific artists’ work to the natural and built environment.The current, temporary series of Flying Objects, 4.0 will be uninstalled on April 14 from 8a.m.-5p.m.

The installation of 18 large-scale sculptures will take place on Saturday, April 15 from 7a.m. – 7p.m. on 300 South between 400 West and 300 East.

For more information, visit www.saltlakearts.org.