Installation of Trout goes Swimmingly

Trout in Transport

The xmas elves have twinkled their noses and the sculptures are all aboard the sleigh for early holiday delivery.


The sleigh arrives at the construction staging yard. Here the trout are lifted off the sleigh and secured to pallets for bobcat runs to the installation site.

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Everything is on site and ready for placement. We put the biggest group in first, in case we tucker out.



Got to keep them from swimming off while the concrete goes down the hole.

Trout Pair installed

The trout are happy to be out of the studio and anchored securely in place.


This single swimmer is anchored in position.


A fish gets there.

This single swimmer is at the far west end of the plaza. There is still one more single swimmer to go in once the plaza is a bit more finished out as there is currently no there there for a fish to go there.

8am on Friday, December 12 began the trout installation. It is a perfect day starting at a balmy 40 degrees with the temps in the mid 60’s by afternoon. First thing is heading over to Sugar House to the construction site to pick up the big trailer they are letting me borrow, then back to the studio and my volunteers show up and we muscle-up and carry all the sculptures out of storage in the shop where they have languished since the first week of June, and strap them down to the trailer.  It is a quick trip back over to the staging yard at the old Sugar House Deseret Industry where stage them for transport to the installation/construction site of the Plaza which is about a block away. We unload the sculptures onto pallets and strap them down securely. From there a construction worker picks the works up with a bobcat and trundles them over to the site, as well as a full palette of concrete that I’d had delivered to the yard last week. Then we muscle-up again and lift the sculptures into their sonotube holes (I have placed the sonotubes over the course of months as the pace of Plaza construction allows, four of them going in just the day before) along with their welded rebar cages, and pour concrete and water into the hole- then build braces with 2x4s to keep the fish steady as the concrete sets. We put in the big group of three and both pairs, and two single swimmers, but the site is still under construction and the place for the last single swimmer doesn’t exist yet. Maybe I can get him in before Xmas?


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