Paul Housberg's Ribbons In Time - George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater, Salt Lake City, Utah


-Installed in Grand Lobby of Salt Lake City’s Eccles Theater

Rhode Island-based architectural glass artist Paul Housberg has designed a site-specific, permanent public art installation for the Grand Lobby of The George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater, a brand new performing arts center in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City, Utah. 

Posted 30 March 2017

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Sponsored by the Salt Lake City Public Art Program and entitled Ribbons in Time, this project references the region’s geological strata as well as the time-based nature of theater, dance, and music. The theater, designed by world renowned architect Cesar Pelli, is now open to the public and serves as a beacon of creative light and energy for the city’s Main Street. It celebrated its grand opening in October 2016 and is Salt Lake City’s newest performing arts center. This state-of-the-art venue hosts national touring Broadway, concerts, comedy and other popular entertainment events, as well as innovative local performances and community events.

Housberg’s Ribbons in Time consists of over 100 colored glass panels, each 4’ x 8’, of bent, tempered, and laminated glass that form the balustrades of the second and third floor balconies of the lobby. Housberg notes, “In treating the railing panels, I considered the interplay between the familiar (the ritual of going to the theater) and unfamiliar (the new experiences that come with every show). The intent ultimately was to create flowing ribbons of color that enhance the elegant yet festive atmosphere of the lobby.” The colors were inspired by the blues and grays of the Great Salt Lake and the golds and pinks of nearby canyons. The sequence of colors emphasizes the curvilinear and sculptural nature of the balconies. The installation is visible through the building’s façade at night, beckoning to passers-by and drawing visitors into the theater. Ribbons in Time is also one of 100 projects (out of more than 2,400 submissions) to be featured in New Glass Review 38, the annual survey of glass in contemporary art and design to be published by The Corning Museum of Glass, in Spring 2017.

Paul Housberg's Ribbons In Time - George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater, Salt Lake City, Utah

Housberg creates site-specific works in glass for corporate, hospitality, healthcare and public environments. Central to his work are the tactile qualities of glass and the expression of its materiality. Born in New York City, Housberg studied painting early in his career, but was drawn to glass for its atmospheric color. After receiving his Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Fine Arts degrees from the Rhode Island School of Design, he studied in England with Patrick Reyntiens, a pioneer in contemporary stained glass.

Later, as a Fulbright Scholar, Housberg pursued his art at the International Center of Glass Research (CIRVA) in Marseille, France. He has created art glass installations for Princeton University, the Mayo Clinic, Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, and Temple Adath Israel, among others. To see more of his work, please visit
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