International Sculpture Center



Joseph O'Connell & Blessing Hancock

Utah Bit and Mine
14’ dia x 38’ length
Mixed Media

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.