"The Canyon" at Salt Lake City Airport
Gordon Huether Awarded Major Art Installations at New SLC International Airport
Announced in 2015, Huether's art installation, “The Canyon,” will be integrated on two walls of Salt Lake City's new central airport terminal.
“The Canyon” is inspired by the formations in Utah's canyons, and will span 362 feet, the length of 1.2 football fields, and use more than 2 acres of fabric and the equivalent of eight miles of aluminum tubing.
Rainier Industrial Art has proudly partnered with Fabritec and Duvall to bring Gordon Huether’s vision of "The Canyon" to life.
- Rainier, based in Seattle, Washington, is utilizing our state-of-the-art manufacturing capabilities and 3D freeform tube bending to build The Canyon's fins.
- Fabritec’s world class team in Dallas, Texas will install and manage the project.
- Duvall Design of West Rockport, Maine calls upon its years of award winning design to produce the fabric.
After the initial prototyping, including fine tune fit and finishing, a demo of the fins were installed and lit with LEDs for client approval.
To create the unique freeform fins for The Canyon, a new technology was required: 3D freeform tube bending.The production team found a solution in Dynobend, a company that builds state-of-the-art tube benders in The Netherlands. After a few trips, some fine tuning, and several beers, a custom bending machine was ordered, produced, and shipped to Rainier.
In its new home, the machine is elevated on stands to accommodate the dramatic bends of the project. Included with the bender is a unique measuring tool to confirm accurate bends of the tube.
Production is now underway! Look for the fins in the new terminal of the Salt Lake City airport in 2020.