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Le Meridien

Salt Lake City, Utah

  • Hospitality
  • Mountain West
  • Art Curation
  • The Ritchie Group
  • Artwork and styling throughout the hotel’s first and second floors

  • Formed a creative partnership among the hotel and an arts nonprofit, Granary Arts, to increase exposure for rural Utah artists and build goodwill for the hotel

  • David LeCheminent tested 55 different stain samples before finding the perfect stain for his wooden wall sculpture behind the reception desk

  • The abstract wall installation by Marc T. Wise was inspired by scraps of his wooden sculptures

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The Story

Positioned in the popular West Quarter of downtown Salt Lake City where guests can enjoy nearby retail, restaurants, and entertainment, Le Meridien Hotel is where “adventure meets sophistication.” And the art program is no different. Modern, multimedia artworks celebrate the “Après Ski” culture and “Joie de Vivre” spirit that are famous among mountain goers, meanwhile showcasing the emerging urban entertainment district of downtown Salt Lake. 

To support Le Meridien’s contributions to the area’s blossoming art and cultural scene, our team facilitated a creative partnership between the hotel and Granary Arts, a local nonprofit and contemporary art space that supports artists, curators, makers, students, and educators to realize their creative visions. Our team installed an arakawa hanging system in the hotel lobby for Granary artists to exhibit their work, creating installation and partnership guidelines to support ongoing collaboration between the hotel and nonprofit.

Nearby on the first floor, visitors can enjoy two impactful, site-specific commissions by Colorado artist Christopher Warren and Utah artist David LeCheminant. LeCheminant’s large-scale installation is a wooden wall mural behind the reception desk, greeting guests with an abstract depiction of the Salt Lake City valley and instantly setting the tone for an engaging and memorable stay at the hotel. 

Warren’s LED-lit artwork portrays the iconic Wasatch Mountains through two unique viewpoints. The 3D sculpture portion of the installation shows the mountains above 7,000 feet, which includes all the major ski areas in the region, while the illuminated portion of the piece reflects the topographic lines beneath 7,000 feet. Measuring 64 inches in diameter and 6 inches in depth, this captivating installation sparks guests’ trailblazer spirits and reflects the exciting adventures that Utah has to offer. 

On the second floor of the hotel, Marc T. Wise’s artwork of layered, abstract airplanes made of oil and enamel on baltic birch demonstrates the “transformation from raw material to functional object to something else entirely” and reinforces his practice of repurposing identifiable materials and forms into intriguing artworks. Nearby, Claud di Papa’s series of dimensional handmade paintings adds a sophisticated textural element to the hotel lounge area. And unique shelf styling of travel memorabilia, Granary Arts catalogs, and Utah artifacts give the second floor lounge areas an elevated ambience that highlights the good times of Utah – both old and new. 

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“Within hours of our new, local art collection being installed, we had guests asking about it. The artwork gets people to stop. They really look and think about it. Our collection has been a huge guest engagement point for the hotel and truly highlights Austin’s creative community.”

- James Prendeville, General Manager, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Austin

“NINE dot ARTS continues to exceed my expectations. As curators, their ability to identify and source artworks that are immersive and experiential has helped make our property a unique destination.”

- Chad Mcwhinney, CEO and Co-founder, Mcwhinney

NINE dot ARTS did an amazing job finding pieces that tell a story and communicate who we are as a philanthropic organization. The art in our office is a source of joy and pride, and is an essential part of the character of a space that is used by many, many community organizations.”

- Thomas A. Gougeon, President, Gates Family Foundation

“The NINE dot ARTS discovery process made creating a custom art collection, a seemingly daunting task, simple and fun. They truly understood our business and how to visually express what we do in unique and meaningful ways. Their knowledge of the art industry combined with their experience and countless local and national connections are extremely impressive.”

- Jenna Samek, Director Corporate Communications, Fourpoint Energy

“NINE dot ARTS was great to work with and made the art selection fun while capturing our story. They captured not only our image, culture and diversity but also those things that are outside the box that make the project feel right.

- Gary Branch, Director of Construction, Rocky Mountain Hospital for Children

Our ability to create authentic experiences for our guests is a key differentiator against our competition, and the art program that NINE dot ARTS created is a prime example. Much of the art comes from current Boston University (BU) students and alumni, which really connects with our guests. As a result, we continue to grow our share of business from BU.”

- Adam Sperling, General Manager, Hotel Commonwealth

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