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Leonardo building to be feted at Celebrate the City

Published: Thursday, Sept. 20 2012 1:17 p.m. MDT

A giant light wall called the Dynamic Performance of Nature is on display at the Leonardo.

Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

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SALT LAKE CITY — The city will celebrate its historic Leonardo building and the year it was constructed at the fourth annual Celebrate the City event on Saturday.

The event will take place from 1–5 p.m. at The Leonardo, 209 E. 500 South, and is free and open to the public. Free admission to The Leonardo is included.

This year’s event pays tribute to the old Public Library building, which is now home to The Leonardo, a contemporary science, technology and art museum. Constructed in 1964, the New Formalist-style building boasted a cube-style form and the generous use of pre-cast concrete, and served as a catalyst for the construction of many other similar structures throughout the state.

“We aim to engage the public as they learn about the beautiful historic buildings and places in our capital city,” Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker said. “These structures illustrate our city’s rich history and provide a reference point for our future. The protection and preservation of our historic buildings and a thoughtful, forward-thinking approach to new structures ensures a complementary coexistence with our past.”

The 1960s-style event will offer activities throughout The Leonardo and Library Square including ’60s dance performances, costume contests, bands, a civil rights tribute and sing-along, vintage cars, pop art display from Kent Christensen and Leonardo resident artist Jann Hayworth (co-creator of the Beatles’ "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album cover), catalog card art, children’s games, comics, community writing workshops and more.

For more information about Celebrate the City, visit www.slcgov.com/celebratethecity.

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