For­mer U2 stage to be cen­ter­piece of Utah aquar­ium ex­pan­sion

The Progress-Index - - SCOREBOARD - By Ju­lian Hat­tem

SALT LAKE CITY — It toured the world for two years with rock be­he­moths U2, tow­er­ing above the band through 30 coun­tries and be­fore a com­bined au­di­ence of 7.2 mil­lion peo­ple. But soon, the dome-shaped metal stage struc­ture known as “the Claw,” which stands as tall as Ni­a­gara Falls, will have a new home out­side a Utah aquar­ium, where the sounds of blar­ing gui­tars and drums will be re­placed by screeches and gig­gles from chil­dren ea­ger to see sharks and stingrays. In­stead of rock icons, the Claw will loom over in­ter­ac­tive sci­ence ex­hibits at the Love­land Liv­ing Planet Aquar­ium in sub­ur­ban Salt Lake City, which opened in 2014 and hosts 625 dif­fer­ent species of an­i­mals. The fu­tur­is­tic-look­ing, four-legged struc­ture is 165 feet (50 me­ters) tall and weighs 190 tons (172 met­ric tons). It will be the cen­ter­piece of a planned ex­pan­sion dubbed the Sci­ence Learn­ing Cam­pus.

“In its new life, it can still func­tion as a stage, but that’s not re­ally what it’s there for,” said Brent An­der­sen, the Draper aquar­ium’s founder and CEO. “It’s to help get peo­ple into that state of mind and that sense of cu­rios­ity and won­der, and help us shine a light on our mis­sion on ed­u­cat­ing peo­ple about Earth’s di­verse ecosys­tems.”

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