The Crossing is inspired by the fluidity of water and the evolving nature of public transportation, its users, and the central neighborhood in which this artwork is located. According to the artist, The Crossing “illustrates water spreading out, so people can pass through.” The portal created by the breach between the two sculptures invites people to immerse themselves into the artwork and reflect upon the ever-changing nature of Salt Lake City – a place inhabited by individuals who, like water, are constantly changing and evolving. Throughout the steel panels, the artist integrates colorful floating pearls and egg-shaped spheres, indicating new, exciting, and unknown possibilities. The Crossing asks viewers to consider the ways in which people—as individuals and as members of a community—move like water, with waves that carry new futures and opportunities.
Jiyoun Lee-Lodge creates art that is influenced by social media and is inspired by the intersectionality of her own shifting identity: as woman, as an immigrant, and as an individual existing in an increasingly interconnected and globalized world.
This project is made possible through the Salt Lake City Public Art Program, a service of the Salt Lake City Arts Council, and with support from the Salt Lake Art Design Board, Patrinely Group, PEG Companies, Lowe Property Group, Sinclair Real Estate Company, Utah Transit Authority, and the Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City.