Project DescriptionRevitalizing a once-thriving area of downtown Salt Lake City, City Creek Center commissioned WET to create magnetic water features that would engage and invite people into their new sustainable urban community development. Situated adjacent to
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Salt Lake Temple, the 20-acre development was forged by the church’s real estate division, Property Reserve, Inc., and Taubman Centers, Inc. and includes retail, dining, residential and office spaces, as well as a new Marriott hotel. Six acres are dedicated solely to walkable outdoor paths complete with a creek flowing throughout the grounds, reminiscent of, and close to the path, where City Creek flowed through the desolate valley as the pioneers arrived. With water a distinct and unifying theme throughout the property, WET has designed three magical features, Engage, Transcend, and Flutter, to draw people, fascinate them, and give them cause to laugh, play and reconnect with their natural surroundings.
Richards Court, the park-like common area located next to nearby restaurants and shops, conjures up feelings of playful whimsy and wonder with Engage and Transcend. Engage teases with mesmeric waterforms darting and diving in and out of view—and touch.
Nearby, Transcend offers a true dichotomy of hot and cold. Imagine snowflakes falling in the middle of winter, yet people flank the edges of Transcend to warm their hands by the shooting sprays, water that radiates heat as the water itself is “on fire.” Transcend invites outdoor visitors to enjoy this musical feature even during frigid Salt Lake winters.
Flutter, located in the residential area’s courtyard, appears as a piece of pure magic. Crystalline streams of water transform themselves into gossamer parasols of glistening water. Lit at night with brilliant white light, they evoke a serene elegance within the quiet sophistication of the adjacent residential complex.
At times Flutter blooms with fire, providing a new dimension to its graceful nature. Its delicate water canopies hold flames captive, and along with Transcend’s choreographed surges of water and fire, infuse a warm energy throughout City Creek Center.
While every new WET feature brings a renewed enthusiasm to the company, WET CEO, Mark Fuller, has an especially fond attachment to the features he and his firm have created for City Creek Center. As a Salt Lake City native and graduate of the University of Utah, Mark has donated $1.77 million in equipment and field services to build the fountains of City Creek. In appreciation for this, City Creek Reserve is dedicating these remarkable features to Mark’s family.