by Ann Poore
Architecture & Design Editor
As I started to look around for subjects that could be included in 15 Bytes’ new series of articles on Architecture & Design, the makeover at Tracy Aviary was near the top of my list. There was the Sugar House Hole, but that was being filled. And City Creek is next month, with Robert Bliss weighing in, that’ll be a treat. And we hope others in the field will come forward with their Utah hits and misses, past and present, to share with our readers. But for our very first column a lot of synchronicities made the new Aviary Visitors Center the only choice.
It’s been nearly a year since Liberty Park reopened after that nasty 2010 oil spill. And the image of that incredible mess and sea of orange vests has been nearly wiped clean for me by the stunning new makeover recently completed by Big D Construction and ajc Architects at the Aviary. I mean, I’ve already been back twice since we shot the photographs and I think I’ll buy a membership. I even fed the sun conures – they perch on your arm and share a piece of apple right out of your hand. It costs 3 bucks but it’s magical. And the lead architect on the intriguing new Visitors Center, Nathan Webster, is one of the people who bring us PechaKucha Night that I happened to write about here just last month. So I hit him up for a column.
Look for it in the March edition of 15 Bytes, out next week. In the meantime, here are a couple of snaps taken at the Aviary. And if you have any article ideas for our new section, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A graduate of the University of Utah, Ann Poore is a freelance writer and editor who spent most of her career at The Salt Lake Tribune. She was the 2018 recipient of the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Artist Award in the Literary Arts.