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1996
oil and screen printing on canvas, 8’X 25’-6”
Salt Lake City International Airport

A mural commission for the Salt Lake City Airport’s new International Building. In one sense it is a celebration of the extremes one finds in the area from the Indian Art of Utah’s prehistoric past to the pioneering computer innovations that are transforming life here. In another sense it is pure fantasy with more than one level of reality.

I tried to give the work a more universal focus to reflect the many groups who have come here: early Indians, pioneers, miners, railroad workers and many others. It is not a realistic place but one composed from my many photos of southern Utah. I thought of the raw beauty of the land that they found and their dreams of farming and developing it. My original proposal of nudes, to avoid dating the figures, was modified for local concerns.