Artists selected for major transportation project aimed at linking Salt Lake City’s West and East sides
Salt Lake City—The Salt Lake City Arts Council’s Public Art Program is excited to announce the selection of Haddad|Drugan, a Seattle-based artist-led team studio comprised of Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan, for the 400 South Viaduct Trail project. The revisioning of this crucially important corridor, which links Salt Lake City’s West and East sides from 900 to 300 West, will be an artistically- driven placemaking project that aims to establish a bold visual identity while centering the safety of pedestrians, bicyclists, and people using mobility devices. As commissioned artists, Haddad|Drugan will be an integral part of the viaduct’s design team and tasked with co-creating a corridor that rewards and celebrates its users by identifying or designing aesthetic elements that can be integrated into the project’s overall infrastructure. The 400 South Viaduct Project aims to improve the bridging of Salt Lake City’s East-West divide and has been prioritized by the City’s Transportation Division as one of the top projects for implementation from a transportation equity perspective. Throughout the design process, Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan’s will prioritize engagement with West Side communities to inform their artistic approach to the corridor’s final design. Beginning with a series of community engagement events in late February—and continuing through 2024—the artists will begin the process of deeply understanding and reflecting on the voices, experiences, and aspirations of community members. Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan’s art practice focuses on creating large-scale, conceptually driven placemaking art that explores qualities of light, color, magic, and wonder. The artists have worked on various transportation projects across the United States. They are excited about the potential of fusing art into the 400 South Viaduct multi-use trail to create catalysts of curiosity and connection. The artists were selected out of 72 artists following a Request For Qualifications process that was open to professional artists and/or artist-led teams residing in the United States. The 400 South Viaduct Trail project will be designed through the end of 2024 and construction is expected to begin in 2025. For more information about Haddad|Drugan, please visit https://haddad-drugan.com/. All images are courtesy of the artists. To learn more about this project, click here.
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