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Westside Stories Bridge Over Barriers & The Urban Gallery

Art Happenings: Salt Lake City
Westside Stories
Bridge Over Barriers & The Urban Gallery
by Sheryl Gillilan

It may take years to finish, but one thing is for sure, BOB will be big – 22,000 square feet, to be precise. When completed, the Bridge Over Barriers, a tile mosaic being created under the 300 North I-15 overpass, will be one of the largest public art projects in Utah.

BOB, which began to emerge last month in the form of two finished pillars, can trace its nascence to the early 70’s, when the construction of I-15 sent a concrete behemoth barreling through several Salt Lake westside neighborhoods. For thirty years now, this giant snakelike barrier has bisected this part of the city, especially between the Jackson and Guadalupe areas. A long freeway overpass, located at 300 North between 600 and 700 West, has particularly been a physical and psychological obstacle. Kids going to school must walk through its expansive shadows on a narrow strip of sidewalk, and the overpass looks intimidating even when traveling by car…

READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN THE NOVEMBER 2008 EDITION OF 15 BYTES.

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