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Raising the Titanic
May of the The Salt Lake Tribune
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The latest effort to keep downtown Salt Lake
City afloat involves raising the Titanic.
Utah Museum of Natural History and the LDS Church's
Zions Securities are in negotiations to bring a traveling
exhibit that displays artifacts from the famous sunken
ocean liner into empty space this summer at Main Street's
is signed," museum director Sarah George stressed
Thursday. "If it comes, it will be in the ZCMI
mall. It's a great location."
museum would rent the exhibit from RMS Titanic Inc.,
which was given exclusive rights to recover artifacts
from the Titanic wreck site. According to the RMS Web
site, the company has recovered 6,000 artifacts, ranging
from a 17-ton portion of the hull to a tiny marble.
legendary ship sank off the coast of Newfoundland in
1912. The ship lies 2.5 miles beneath the ocean surface
and is too fragile to raise, according to the Web site.
its artifacts have been seen by 14 million people around
the world, according to RMS Titanic. The exhibit is
called "Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition."
Lake City leaders hope Utahns are next to see the exhibit.
David Jensen, senior vice president of Zions Securities,
which owns ZCMI Center, said he wants the exhibit to
open in the summer and stay through December. He heard
that RMS Titanic was interested in placing an exhibit
in Salt Lake City, and Jensen called to offer the mall.
pretty confident it's all going to come together,"
he said. "We're just delighted to see [the exhibit]
come into our community. It is probably the finest museum
exhibit that's going around the country now."
said the artifacts would likely be displayed in the
15,000-foot space that Gart Sports abandoned. He added
that no mall tenants would be displaced.
like that, that is unique, that brings people downtown
is a good thing," said Councilman Dave Buhler.
Titanic exhibits are now being displayed in Alabama,
North Carolina and Florida. Web sites say they explain
how the ship was built, what life was like on the boat,
how it sunk and how artifacts were recovered. RMS says
the artifacts are shown in a "dignified manner;
one that embodies respect for those who lost their lives."
one point, The Gateway could have housed the show. Ted
Phillips, spokesman for Salt Lake County Mayor Nancy
Workman, said it would have been placed where The Children's
Museum of Utah will go, but the timing wasn't right.
conjunction with the exhibit, the county's Clark Planetarium
-- also at Gateway -- would have shown a movie about
the shipwreck on its IMAX screen. Phillips said that
won't happen if the exhibit goes to ZCMI Center because
the four blocks between Main Street and Gateway is too
far to tie the two together.
By Heather May of the The Salt Lake Tribune | The
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