The Draw at Sugar House

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon held a press event Thursday, June 23, 2011 to kick off construction of The Draw at Sugar House, a public art feature and trail connection in the Sugar House neighborhood of Salt Lake City.  The Draw is a central feature of Parley’s Trail, a trail that will connect the Bonneville Shoreline Trail to the Jordan River Parkway Trail. The Draw was partially funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, encouraging more public art in our communities. Patricia Johanson, an internationally renowned environmental artist, won the competition. From Catalyst magazine:

“In 2003, Johanson brought her vision to Salt Lake City when she worked with G. Brown Design on a proposal for “The Draw at Sugar House,” a pedestrian and bicycle crossing under 1300 East connecting Sugar House Park to Hidden Hollow and the Sugar House Business District. She spent two weeks researching local history and native plants and animals before creating drawings for the award-winning design. In her design, Johanson used sculptural forms and color to create a sense of the journey of the early Mormon pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley. A trailhead by 1300 East is designed to represent the bulb of a Sego lily, an edible root that sustained the Hopi, Shoshone and Navaho people, as well as Mormon immigrants. The “stem” and slender “leaf” of the lily form accessible paths that link the Sugar House Park road to the pedestrian crossing. In passing under the roadway at 1300 East, Johanson intended to create an environment that suggested walking through Parley’s Canyon, with diffused light, seeping water, and rock walls planted with colorful species that provide food and habitat for wildlife.”

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