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Where the River Flows

Designed for Ogden’s new Juvenile Justice Services Center, this project focuses on the entrance experience of the facility. Many people will enter this building in a variety of moods and attitudes. Some will experience the facility only once, and others will enter multiple times. The project seeks to be sensitive to the circumstances of all those who enter. As a person walks into the building under the entrance canopy they encounter a series of colorful ribbon-like shapes. These fanciful twisted shapes are separate elements, but as they flow towards the front door they intertwine to form a stronger and more cohesive form – a braid. The braided ribbon flows into the architecture, disappearing in the building’s vestibule, and then reappearing on the floor of the Lobby. The ribbon is transformed into a river of colorful terrazzo on the lobby floor. This river twists and turns, flowing further into the lobby space. Local visitors will recognize the path of the nearby Weber River. Another element of the braided ribbons is also repeated on the interior floor. These bronze magnifying glasses showcase the small creatures and macroinvertebrates of the Ogden region. Outside, the magnifying glasses are mounted on the ribbon mesh. Inside, they reappear as unique embeds in the terrazzo. Arranged as if they are flowing in this river of terrazzo, these magnifying glasses reveal the small animals that live in the River, giving an answer to the question: what’s in the water? Visitors

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Medium type: Metal

Date created: 2018

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David Griggs
David Griggs


717 West 12th Street, Ogden, UT, 84404

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