Untitled - Gallivan Utah Center - Salt Lake City, UT
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N 40° 45.836 W 111° 53.438
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Quick Description: This combination of sculpture and poetry, is located near the Main Street entrance to the Gallivan Utah Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Location: Utah, United States
Date Posted: 9/14/2011 3:00:00 PM
Waymark Code: WMCJXM
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
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Long Description:
This sculpture, which is actually titled, "River of Words" is located near the Main Street entrance to the Gallivan Utah Center, just north of the KUTV Channel 2 Studios. This art piece is described by the Smithsonian Art Inventories Catalog as: "23 rectangular pieces of granite, each inscribed with a line of a poem on top, are set along a stepped walkway. Speakers (appoximately ten feet south of the piece) play a soundtrack with birds and a running stream."

Its dimensions are listed as: "Approx. 6 in. x 84 in. x 36 ft."

These rectangular pieces of granite, inscribed with a poem, are imbedded in a meandering wall, that extends from the Main Street sidewalk to near the center of Gallivan Utah Center Plaza. Integrated into the wall are water features, with falling water at multiple locations throughout the wall, running water at the base, with greenery running nearly the entire length of the wall. The wall itself is made of various sized granite rocks. Lighting is also interspersed throughout the wall and planters, creating an stunning visual effect in the evening. The combination of all if these elements makes for a very inviting artscape in the plaza.

This "River of Words" is situated at the west entrance to the Gallivan Utah Center, within view of the Gallivan Plaza TRAX Station in Main Street. Galivan Utah Center occupies much of the inner block bounded by State Street, 200 South, Main Street, and 300 South.

The John W. Gallivan Utah Center is furnished with an array of unique art projects, an amphitheater, an ice rink and pond, a huge outdoor chess board, and an aviary. Its inviting atmosphere is complemented with performance areas of all sizes, lots of seating, intimate spaces and vantage points that make the Center a comfortable and fun place to enjoy the activities, casual strolling or "people watching."

The Center provides a focal point for the downtown crowd to gather for lunch or a short reprieve from the day's hectic work schedule. Special events such as exhibits, fairs, performances, parades, festivals and holiday celebrations make the John W. Gallivan Utah Center a lively and exciting gathering place year-round.
TITLE: Untitled

ARTIST(S): Mark Strand, Ricklin Nobis

DATE: 1993

MEDIUM: Sculpture: granite; Base: plastic covered speakers and metal.


Direct Link to the Individual Listing in the Smithsonian Art Inventory: [Web Link]

The Main Street entrance to the plaza is at 239 South Main Street. This piece of art is situated along this entrance, flanking the southern wall as you head eastbound into the central area of the Gallivan Utah Center.

The plaque located near the beginning of the string of inscribed granite pieces reveals that this piece of art is titled, "River of Words".

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