Public Art Award for Downtown SLC’s New District Attorney’s Office Building
- The Salt Lake County Downtown District Attorney’s Office has recently approved Gordon Huether’s design for a permanent, integrated glass art installation for their new office building located on 35 East 500 South Main Street, Salt Lake City, UT, a $65.4 million construction project.
The office building will be adorned with an architectural art glass window that visually evokes the DA's progressive, collaborative and community-oriented values and approach. The art glass design has been incorporated early on in the process and will be integrated into the vision and spandrel glass and is comprised of dichroic, etched and colored glass..
$325,000 of the construction budget has been dedicated for the design, fabrication and installation of artwork for the building’s glass façade. Gordon Huether has been working closely with all stakeholders to arrive at a final design that appropriately reflects the project’s mission and goals, creating a concept that is beautiful, elegant and distinctive. Sam Gill, Salt Lake County District Attorney since 2010, has been avidly involved with all sides of the project. He envisions the artwork to create a strong identity for the Salt Lake County Downtown District Attorney’s Office.
Using the building glass façade as a literal “canvas,” the artist aimed to create an art glass installation of positive and enduring impact on the Salt Lake City community. The artwork design abstractly references the many facets and areas of responsibility of a district attorney.
Collaborating early on in the structural design phase, Huether determined the scale, the method by which to fully integrate the art into the glass façade of the building, and how best to create artwork that is aesthetically harmonious with the architecture.
The design will be integrated into both the vision glass and the spandrel glass, which each react very differently to reflected exterior light. The art treatment on the spandrel glass will not be apparent from the interior of the building. Conversely, the artwork applied to the vision glass is visible from both interior and exterior. With that in mind, Huether’s design takes into consideration the function of the interior spaces, creating a beautiful effect of patterned and colored light in these office workspaces.
The current timeline for this project anticipates fabrication of the artwork for the beginning of November 2016 with the installation beginning in January 2017. Gordon Huether was selected through an open public art call, competing with three other artists in the finalist round. The project architect for the building is the local firm MHTN Architects.