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For $2.2 million, Salt Lake City gets its largest piece of public art ever, on Regent Street

Salt Lake City’s largest single piece of public art was ready for its big debut Tuesday — but the wind wasn’t.

Earlier in the day, artist Ned Kahn said, his seven-story installation on the side of the Walker Center parking garage along Regent Street was moving beautifully, its 336 teflon-fabric panels rippling like waves.

During a city-sponsored celebration, the new artwork “Pages of Salt” — fittingly for an artwork that looks out over the nearby Eccles Theater — was being a bit of a diva.

“The paradox of opening a wind sculpture on a perfectly calm day [is] nature’s way of keeping me in my place,” Kahn said.