Two windscreens for Fairpark Station, part of the TRAX light rail line. The rail line goes from downtown SLC to the airport. Each windscreen is 69"h x 16'w x .5"d. Tempered and laminated float glass with silkscreened and handpainted fired in pigments.
My goal was to create lively and energetic windscreens that reflect the history and vitality of the community surrounding the Fairpark Station. The artwork needed to show the different facets of the neighborhood: the newly restored Jordan River, the historic Utah State Fairgrounds, North Temple, and a community with people from all over the world. My windscreens are woven collages that feature all of these elements. The designs are enjoyable at first glance but have a lot to look at for people who use the station regularly.
The Jordan River is the defining geographic feature, and I used its configuration as a continuing element throughout both windscreens. I worked with Kent Brown, a local geologist, who came up with a map that included the features I was looking for. One windscreen has the geology map for the background and the other has the Key page from the 1911 Sanborn Fire Insurance map of the area. The geology map windscreen has birds and fish from the Jordan River ecosystem. Both screens have historic and contemporary photos from archives and individuals. Both screens have handwritten Minutes from an 1856 Book of Records of the Deseret Agricultural and Manufacturing Society (the State Fair association), Ute and Navajo textile motifs, and textile motifs from the diverse home countries of Fairpark area residents.
"Fairpark Convergence" brings a lot of color and visual interest to the area. It casts sweeping colorful projections as a bonus. It was featured in Survey Notes, published by the Utah Geological Survey. May 2013. Vol. 45, Number 2.
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