Blessing Hancock
Utah Bit and Mine
Blessing Hancock, Joe O'Connell, Nina Borgia-Aberle
Bingham Junction Light Rail Station, Midvale, Utah
steel, acrylic, LED lighting, electronics, touch sensor
5’ dia - 2 total
commissioning agency: Utah Transit Authority
Utah Bit and Mine consists of two interactive light sculptures that celebrate the identity, history and values of Midvale—home of one of the largest copper mines in the world. Over Midvale’s history mining companies shaped the land, carving a huge descending spiral into the earth with cross-shaped bits. But the land shaped the society that organized itself around mining. These two sculptures face each other across the Midvale rail platform and influence each other electronically, echoing the symbiotic relationship between the land and the people who make their living from it.

Blessing Hancock owns Skyrim Studio Inc which focuses on site specific sculpture. She utilizes her BFA in Sculpture and MLA in Landscape Architecture to create innovative work for public spaces. She has completed monumental sculpture projects throughout the world and has extensive experience working with city agencies, project teams and community groups.

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