Arch from 2002 Olympic Medals Plaza finds new home at SLC airport
Aug 29, 2023, 3:32 PM
(Scott G. Winterton, Deseret News)
SALT LAKE CITY — The Hoberman Arch, which shined on the world’s stage with medalists during the 2002 Winter Olympics, is back on display. Airport and local officials unveiled the refurbished arch at its new, permanent location at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Tuesday.
“The Hoberman Arch is one of the lasting legacies from the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and, hopefully, a lens for us to envision hosting future Winter Games,” said Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall.
“To have the arch permanently placed in an area that will welcome so many people to Salt Lake City is a fitting tribute for such a memorable piece of our history and a reminder of our Olympic spirit.”
Airport officials said the Hoberman Arch was carefully restored by a team of talented and dedicated individuals under the direction of artist Gordon Huether for $3.79 million.
The arch now sits on a 72-foot-wide base structure that is 10 feet to 12 feet high and includes the logos from the 2002 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Drivers will see it as they leave the south end of the airport.
“The Hoberman Arch is an iconic element that showcases the athletic success of the 2002 medalists and our accomplishment as a community in hosting the Games,” said Salt Lake City-Utah Committee for the Games President and CEO Fraser Bullock. “It is also a star that guides us in bringing a future Games back to Utah in 2030 or 2034.”