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What’s unique in Salt Lake City? Runner maps out city’s little quirks

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A group of painted rocks at Allen Park in Salt Lake Metropolis on March 24, 2022. The gathering is certainly one of over 100 distinctive findings that Salt Lake Metropolis resident Bryant Heath has mapped out in a set of surprising sights. (Bryant Heath, SLSees)

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SALT LAKE CITY — Bryant Heath got here up with an uncommon and bold aim two years in the past to run by way of each avenue in Salt Lake Metropolis.

He did not do it out of pandemic lockdown boredom nor did he suppose it might be very transformative. The Sugar Home resident simply wished to vary up his train routine as a New 12 months’s decision.

“I form of knew roughly what number of miles I are inclined to run in a given yr after which I simply form of checked out a map of the town and estimated that that is in all probability a doable mission inside 2020,” he stated, reflecting on it.

The pandemic made it troublesome at instances, together with his shifting schedules and all, however he finally accomplished his aim towards the tip of the yr, mapping out his journey by way of the a whole bunch of streets he trekked by way of.

Whereas that was fascinating sufficient, a humorous factor occurred alongside the way in which. He could not assist however discover little odds and ends throughout the town that he had by no means actually seen earlier than.

This led him into a very completely different pastime that is slowly gaining a following on-line by way of the Instagram account “SLSees.” He began posting photographs of these fascinating issues; and in February, he launched an interactive map that enables individuals to view these fascinating discoveries on their very own.

A watch-opening expertise

For somebody so invested in highlighting little elements of Salt Lake Metropolis now, Heath admits he did not actually know a lot about Salt Lake Metropolis till comparatively lately. He is initially from Texas and moved to Utah together with his spouse a bit over a decade in the past for work.

He figures his expertise was much like most individuals. He spent most of his time across the similar elements of city, reminiscent of his neighborhood, the path to work or the grocery retailer.

“I’d sometimes exit, possibly hit the paths up towards the Wasatch (Mountains) or possibly take a weekend journey all the way down to a state park or one thing like that,” he stated. “Everytime you have a look at a map of the town, it form of dawns on you fairly rapidly that you simply form of keep in a number of the similar areas.”

Sooner or later main into 2020, he considered altering issues up a bit. Then, as he ran by way of each avenue, he began to note issues he hadn’t seen earlier than and commenced to study extra in regards to the neighborhood that extends past his neighborhood.


Should you take a step again a bit bit and simply get out of your regular routine to only go searching … (there’s) a lot pleasure that may convey.

–Salt Lake Metropolis resident Bryant Heath


He discovered a number of individuals have giant animal-themed ornaments of their lawns, together with a few half-dozen householders with Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton ornaments on their lawns. One home-owner, within the Avenues neighborhood, repeatedly clothes their dinosaur for regardless of the nearest vacation is.

There’s the small Gilgal Sculpture Backyard in Central Metropolis — one of many extra distinctive art work spots one can come throughout within the metropolis. When it comes to structure, there’s Summum Pyramid in Poplar Grove. There are dozens of murals, particularly downtown.

A sculpture of rollerskating quails at Davis Park in Salt Lake City on July 13, 2021.
A sculpture of rollerskating quails at Davis Park in Salt Lake Metropolis on July 13, 2021. (Photograph: Bryant Well being, SLSees)

“Everytime you form of run on each single avenue within the metropolis, you’ll be able to’t assist however discover a bunch of those uncommon gadgets which are simply scattered in each neighborhood within the metropolis,” Heath stated. “Once you’re driving, you are going so fast … however whenever you’re operating, you’ve a while to go searching. … There’s simply a lot on the market.”

Highlighting the fascinating discoveries

Given all that’s on the market, Well being discovered himself speaking about or explaining little issues he discovered fascinating within the metropolis. It led him to launch SLSees in February 2021, an Instagram account that rapidly constructed a distinct segment following amongst residents.

The account posts another issues alongside the Salt Lake Valley, just like the neighboring cities of Millcreek, South Salt Lake and West Valley Metropolis, however largely focuses on quirks in Salt Lake Metropolis.

A praying mantis sculpture outisde of a home on 2700 South in Sugar House in Feb. 2021. It was the first post on SLSees, a collection of unusual sightings in Salt Lake City and Salt Lake County.
A praying mantis sculpture outisde of a house on 2700 South in Sugar Home in Feb. 2021. It was the primary publish on SLSees, a set of surprising sightings in Salt Lake Metropolis and Salt Lake County. (Photograph: Bryant Heath, SLSees)

It began by that includes a praying mantis sculpture outdoors a house on 2700 South; the subsequent, a collection of gnomes positioned within the roundabout on 900 South — which now features a giant whale statue. There are actually 6,000 individuals who view his posts of “uncommon sights” in and round Salt Lake Metropolis. And the quantity grows with each distinctive discover Heath provides.

Because the posts began piling up — he is as much as over 400 now after about 14 months — he thought that it might be troublesome for brand spanking new followers, say new individuals to the town, to catch as much as the earliest posts. So he went again to his earliest posts and began mapping them in an interactive format that enables anybody to search out distinctive gadgets round them.

Over 40,000 individuals have considered the map because it was revealed two months in the past, receiving optimistic suggestions.

“That’s actually entertaining,” one particular person tweeted when it was first revealed.

Heath’s aim is that residents — or guests of Salt Lake Metropolis — will finally discover past the identical sights and possibly discover one thing fascinating and distinctive. He hopes individuals can discover the identical pleasure in it as he has over the previous two years.

He provides that it additionally helps individuals notice that even in a metropolis of 200,000 individuals or so, there are many commonalities even inside the variations in each neighborhood.

“I’ve continued on to discover and simply love the whole metropolis as a complete, reasonably than simply the elements (I used to be) most used to,” he stated. “Should you take a step again a bit bit and simply get out of your regular routine to only go searching … (there’s) a lot pleasure that may convey.”

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Carter Williams is an award-winning reporter who covers normal information, open air, historical past and sports activities for KSL.com. He beforehand labored for the Deseret Information. He’s a Utah transplant by the way in which of Rochester, New York.

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