In 2017, the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City requested an appropriation from the City’s North Temple Viaduct bond to create an art installation as part of the I-15 underpass Pedestrian Improvements Project. The project’s goal of contributing to a safe and aesthetic passage at a key juncture linking the east and west sides of North Temple garnered the participation of several city departments, and was an opportunity to blend installation, landscaping, and links to the community the project sits within. The Salt Lake City Art’s Council commissioned local artist Traci O’Very Covey from its pre-qualified artist pool to design and implement Colorful Connection.
Playful and bright, Colorful Connection consists of steel sculptures, a sign introducing the “NOTE District,” a vinyl mural utility box wrap, and complementary landscaping between the bridges. The work enhances the experience traveling under the I-15 underpass and vibrantly greets pedestrians, cyclists, drivers, and transit users alike. O’Very Covey’s imaginative characters and installations incorporate the colors and circular shapes of the NOTE District branding throughout the project, highlighting the sense of community and connection in the neighborhood.
This project was made possible through the Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Public Art Program, with support from Salt Lake City’s Redevelopment Agency, Engineering Division, and Department of Housing and Neighborhood Development.
Photos by Logan Sorenson.