The winning competition entry to provide shade adjacent the Pierce Street Market, 'Bloomcanopy' was proposed as a place to not only step momentarily out of the blistering heat while in transit but also pause awhile and have a cool drink. Glazed ceramic ’baguettes’ are inserted into prefabricated powder-coated steel structures. Each canopy contains a different combination of two colors, chosen to stimulate complimentary vibrations within the eye.
Our desire was for sustained vibrancy in an urban landscape bleached varying shades of beige, not unlike a delicate yet tenacious bloom that finds a fissure in the sidewalk out of which to grow—adding a civic marker to the burgeoning downtown culture of Phoenix. Below the canopy, a groundscape provides seating, beds for planting, and storm run-off.
In collaboration with landscape architects Gavan & Barker, we extended the formal language of the canopy to the paving pattern on the street below to produce an integrated spacial experience. We worked closely with Boston Valley Tile to select a range of custom glazes for the ceramics. Magnum Companies revised the design of structural branches from uniquely faceted triangular limbs to a standardized profile accommodating demands of both budget and Arizona engineers.
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Art matters. Attention to the details of our environment leads to love of place, which brings us to take responsibility for the spaces where we live and work. And by extension, the people with whom we live and work. And by extension, to our local communities, our cities, our nations, and our world.
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