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Corner Plaza ribbon cutting set for First Friday Art Stroll next week

By Rob Nielsen - | Aug 23, 2023

Image supplied, Ogden City Arts, Culture & Events

A rendering of the revamped Corner Plaza at 25th and Washington in Ogden, which is set to have a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, Sept. 1, 2023.

The public is invited to see a new art installation this coming week.

As part of the First Friday Art Stroll on Sept. 1, Ogden City Arts will be hosting a ribbon-cutting at the Corner Plaza at 6:30 p.m. The Corner is located at 2501 Washington Blvd. on the southwest corner of downtown Ogden’s Washington Boulevard and Historic 25th Street.

According to a press release from Ogden City Arts, Culture & Events, the area went through an extensive refresh.

“This event opens the newly redesigned Corner Plaza, a project envisioned by Sasaki Associates, Inc. and Io LandArch and completed in partnership with Hogan & Associates Construction,” the release said. “The renovation has transformed the Corner’s small building into an art-scaped plaza that includes a large public art installation, permanent seating with vibrant lighting, and a pin-up wall to announce upcoming community events. Future programming and activities will include performances, guided tours and more.”

The new art installation itself pulls inspiration from the area’s surroundings.

“The evening will unveil The Corner’s new public art sculpture entitled ‘New Range’ by New York-based multi-disciplinary studio Hou de Sousa. This innovative site-specific work is deeply rooted in its identity of place. With a silhouette reflective of the Wasatch Mountains and the faceted landscape of the Corner Plaza, New Range’s ridge line rises and dips to create a unique series of gateways and seating. In contrast to this jagged geometry, the soft round corners of the sculpture’s footprint evoke the Bigelow Hotel just across the street, while also smoothing circulation around the piece. The project’s playful palette was further inspired by the vibrancy of the surrounding natural landscape as well as the polychrome architectural features of the nearby Egyptian Theater and the Art Deco theater within Ogden High School.”

New Range received praise from local officials for the finished product.

“The refreshed Corner Plaza stands as a prominent destination and axis in downtown Ogden City. Anchored by New Range, it is positioned as a central location for gathering and information while simultaneously showcasing the creativity and innovation that Ogden is known for,” Ogden City Arts Administrator Lorie Buckley was quoted as saying in the release.

The ribbon-cutting will be accompanied by music from DJ Bryson Dearden.

The Corner is open six days per week and sells food, beverages and other retail items.


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