County unveils distinctive, provocative public art in downtown Salt Lake City

Composed of biophotonic glass — a type of deeply colored glass that is energized by light — the facade is the work of Gordon Huether, the same Napa Valley artist designing the major public art at the expanding Salt Lake City International Airport.

It’s about having a dynamic piece, a piece that people will stop and take a look at and say, ‘what does that mean?’” Gill says.

Gill’s interpretation: “The law is abstract. It is nuanced. It is often discovered from different perspectives and you approach it from different perspectives. But it is not in a vacuum. The Constitution, the statutes, have our ideals reflected within them — ethics, transparency, justice, fairness, due process and that’s what gives substance to us as public institutions and public prosecutors.”

“We‘re very very excited about the art piece,” said Gill. “We want people to experience it. We want people to be provoked by it.”

They are. The unveiling (after weeks of the building front being covered with plywood) brought some immediate reaction on social media — much of it negative.

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