Jordan River Current is a large-scale public art installation along the Jordan River. Santa Fe, NM-based artist, Colette Hosmer, created a total of 25 eight-foot-tall steel trout sculptures as part of this multi-site project aimed at connecting recreational users of this natural tributary with their environment.
The artwork was installed at four different boat ramps, spanning 7.2 miles along the Jordan River Trail. Across all four sites, one fish in each cluster is painted in a different color than the rest visually linking all locations across the river and functioning as a wayfinding element and marking for each ramp.
The Riverview Trailhead site contains 11 sculptures, with one fish painted red. The artist team and the Salt Lake City Arts Council established a partnership with Edison Elementary School in Poplar Grove for this commission. The school’s 4th grade students were involved in naming all four colored fish within this installation. The red fish at Riverview Trailhead was named Finny.
Colette Hosmer is a contemporary naturalist who is celebrated for her monumental outdoor sculptures and site-specific work utilizing organic materials.
Photos by Logan Sorenson.
View the rest of the installation at Glendale Park, Gadsby Trailhead, and Fisher Mansion.
Artwork featured in header: Through the Safety Lens by Alexander Tylevich