Salt Lake City Int'l Airport - The Falls - CODAworx

Salt Lake City Int’l Airport – The Falls

Client: Salt Lake City International Airport

Location: Sale Lake City, UT, United States

Completion date: 2020

Artwork budget: $1,000,000

Project Team

Lead Artist

Gordon Huether

Gordon Huether + Partners, Inc.


Salt Lake City International Airport

Salt Lake City Department of Airports



HOK Architects


In the escalator well of the new terminal, just beyond the building’s glass façade is Huether’s 65-foot-tall installation titled, The Falls. Similar to The Canyon, this installation is inspired by Utah’s natural beauty and resembles the waterfalls dispersed among the state’s canyon landscape. Cascading roughly six stories from the terminal ceiling to the floor, the suspended sculpture makes use of the natural light this location receives by partnering colorful, light-sensitive dichroic glass panels with light refracting glass rods to create ever-changing colors and patterns on adjacent surfaces.


This 6-story escalator well sculpture is meant to activate and beautify the space and take advantage of the natural light this area receives.


This massive project involved in-depth collaboration with airport executives, the architectural firm on the project - HOK, design teams, fabrication companies, etc. With such a large-scale project, many professionals came together to make such a big idea into a reality.

Additional Information

The Falls is one of several very large-scale, structurally integrated artworks into the whole Salt Lake City Airport Redevelopment Program. A counterpart to this installation, Northern Light, will be installed in the second phase of the project, into a concourse that is still under construction and is set to be complete in 2024.