Friday, May 8, 2015

Hi From Salt Lake City

My favorite was this Kinetic art piece.

Salt Lake City, often shortened to Salt Lake or SLC has an estimated population of 191,180. The city was founded in 1847 by Mormon followers, who extensively irrigated and cultivated the arid valley. Due to its proximity to the Great Salt Lake, the city was originally named "Great Salt Lake City"—the word "great" was dropped from the official name in 1868.

We took the opportunity to do an assortment of different things:
The award-winning Utah Museum of Contemporary Art exhibits groundbreaking artwork by local, national, and international artists. Four gallery spaces provide an opportunity for the community to explore the contemporary cultural landscape through UMOCA’s exhibitions, films, events, classes, and presentations.

To round out our day, we visited a boot store. Watched George block cowboy hats. Blocking is the hand process by which a hat is given its shape. The Stetson hat, recognized as the American cowboy hat, is a high crown, wide brimmed, fur felt hat. Some consider the design to be a modified sombrero. Today a Stetson type of hat can be made out of straw, leather or felt. But the original Stetson hat was, and still is, made from a highly complex felting process using the fur of domestic rabbits, mink, chinchilla, wild hare and beaver.

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