Utah Bit and Mine

Submitted by Joe O'Connell

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Client: Utah Transit Authority

Location: Bingham Junction Light Rail Station, M, UT, United States

Completion date: 2012

Project Team

Artist

Joe O'Connell

Creative Machines

Artist

Blessing Hancock

Skyroom Studio

Artist

Nina Borgia-Aberle

Artist

Creative Machines

Overview

Utah Bit and Mine consists of two interactive light sculptures that celebrate the identity, history and values of Midvale—home to one of the largest copper mines in the world. Over Midvale’s history mining companies shaped the land, carving a huge descending spiral into the earth with cross-shaped bits. But the land shaped the society that organized itself around mining. These two sculptures face each other across the Midvale rail platform and influence each other electronically, echoing the symbiotic relationship between the land and the people who make their living from it.

Goals

The goal for Utah Bit and Mine is to celebrate the identity, history, and values of Midvale– home to one of the largest copper mines in the world.

Process

Utah Bit and Mine was a collaboration between Joe O'Connell, Blessing Hancock, Nina Borgia-Aberle and Creative Machines.