No Salt Just Pepper, 2010

Public Art Commission

  • Location: 200 W 900 S, SLC, UT
  • Material: Painted, Cast Aluminum
  • Commission For: Salt Lake City Public Art Program

In an urban setting, community gardens contribute to and encourage the preservation of open space; provide food; strengthen neighborhood bonds; and create recreational, educational, and therapeutic opportunities for the participants. The Redevelopment Agency of Salt Lake City temporarily transformed a vacant lot in an urban location near the TRAX Station into “The People’s Portable Garden.”

No Salt Just Pepper, a series of giant, vividly colored bell peppers slices; Starters, bright cherry tomatoes on fancy six-foot tall toothpicks; and functional seating called Three Peas in a Pod were installed in the garden in early May, 2010. I wanted the scale to excite the viewer, with perspectives from both in and out of the garden, bringing color and life to the garden even in the non-growing season.

Ashlie Taylor, RDA Project Area Specialist noted, “The RDA is very excited to see Greg Ragland’s artwork installed in the West Temple Gateway Project Area. The work complements the People’s Portable Garden wonderfully and reinforces the neighborhood’s desire to grow nutritious food locally and build a stronger community.”

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